The London-based human rights organisation Privacy International today urged Japanese citizens to boycott their new national identity numbering system. The organisation has called on the Japanese government to acknowledge the dangers created by the system, and to immediately dismantle the project.
Privacy International has warned that the scheme will lead to the most dangerous and comprehensive violation of privacy in recent Japanese history. In the two weeks that it has been operating, dozens of municipalities have experienced computer failures and leakages of personal information.
Simon Davies, Director of Privacy International, warned:
This situation will become more horrendous with each passing day. The technology and the administrative systems for the system cannot cope with the vast amount of information generated. Countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia have rejected similar proposals because of the risk to personal privacy and individual rights. Japan would be well advised to abandon this dangerous and discredited idea."