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  • Asahi: Tokyo Narita Immigration loses personal data for 432 NJ

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on November 21st, 2007

    Hi Blog. Been a busy day, what with the Fingerprinting fiasco. This will be the last article (for tonight anyway) related to the issue.

    One of Immigration’s mantras has been how they will take proper care of all the biometric data they drag out of their gaijin patsies.

    I’m not confident of that, in light of what happened last May. This article has been sitting in my blog intray for months now, but I had a feeling it would become very relevant soon. Here it is. Incompetence in spades, these people. Arudou Debito in Sapporo


    Asahi Shinbun March 28, 2007
    (Translated by Arudou Debito)

    TOKYO – Tokyo Immigration announced on March 28 that it had lost flash memory at its headquarters and Narita Airport Branch, regarding personal information for visa overstayers and deported foreigners. They say that no trace of it remains, and there is no danger of the data being misused.

    The same agency said last December that an Immigration official in his thirties, based at headquarters, had lost saved memory–names, dates of birth, embarkation points, and other documented details–for 137 foreign overstayers currently being processed for deportation. Also last December, another official in his twenties based at Narita had lost saved memory in the form of a “deportation notebook”. In that, an additional 295 foreigners had had their names, dates of birth, reasons for deporting etc. recorded for deportation.

    2 Responses to “Asahi: Tokyo Narita Immigration loses personal data for 432 NJ”

    1. Adam Says:

      This is the only thing I concern about. I know in Japan every official (Policeman, Immigration officers etc. have to have own PCs to store data) Unlike other developed countries they don`t get installed desktops in the office. I know from direct Police sources this info. They carry everyday they own PCs to work with full of their work data.
      Scary piece of shit!!!

    2. Adam Says:

      UK too

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