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Minister defends Japanese "Big Brother" idenity database as hackerproof

Japan’s home affairs minister attempted to allay privacy fears surrounding a nationwide computer network holding sensitive information on citizens by challenging hackers to breach its security. “Please try it hard,” Toranosuke Katayama said in a talk show on the private Asahi network on Sunday when asked about plans by one local authority to attempt to penetrate the system. The remark came a day before the nationwide computerised system, criticised for ushering a “Big Brother” society in Japan, was due to expand its service. Each Japanese citizen is assigned an 11-digit number in the new basic resident registry network which contains names, birth dates, gender and address and enables local authorities to identify people online across the country. Full Story

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