Japanese official loses pandemic relief data of 460,000 residents after night drinking

A private contractor (name withheld) in a Japanese city called Amagasaki lost a Universal Serial Bus (USB) containing data of 460,000 residents on Tuesday June 21, 2022 after a night out drinking.

Officials of Amagasaki administration during the press conference

The USB included included names, gender, addresses, birthdays and additional personal information like tax data and bank accounts for some locals.

During a press conference held to address the public on the incident, an official from Amagasaki apologised for the lacklustre handling of private information and compromising public trust in the administration.

We deeply regret that we have profoundly harmed the public’s trust in the administration of the city,” an Amagasaki official said.

The individual was working on a municipal pandemic relief programme and had copied information on the USB to transfer it later to a call centre in Osaka. Fortunately, the city explained that the data was encrypted and the USB is locked with a password.

According to the administrators and police, there's yet to be evidence that the data has been accessed.

We will thoroughly ensure security management when handling electronic data. We will work to regain our residents’ trust by heightening awareness of the importance of protecting personal information,” the official added.

The data is supposed to help the city in allocating relief funds to the residents.

This is the second most bizarre incident to hit Amagasaki since the "Amagasaki Incident" which saw the murder of eight people, three missing and others becoming "murderers". The incident is said to have been orchestrated by a 60-year-old woman named Miyoko Kakuda who literally masterminded it through mind control.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulse.ug

Recommended articles

Masaka City leaders, schools, targeted in new threatening leaflets

Masaka City leaders, schools, targeted in new threatening leaflets

Registration for new national IDs begins in June 2023, says Gen. Otafiire

Registration for new national IDs begins in June 2023, says Gen. Otafiire

Mao promises Ssegirinya's mother fair trial for legislator

Mao promises Ssegirinya's mother fair trial for legislator

Court overrules decision to interdict Uganda Land Commission secretary

Court overrules decision to interdict Uganda Land Commission secretary

Ministry denies stealing health workers' money through fake loan repayment scheme

Ministry denies stealing health workers' money through fake loan repayment scheme

Underage children in Karamoja sneak into schools for meal

Underage children in Karamoja sneak into schools for meal

Rabies outbreak in Sheema, livestock, children in danger

Rabies outbreak in Sheema, livestock, children in danger

Gen. Otafiire disturbed by robberies by 'men in uniform' at roadblocks

Gen. Otafiire disturbed by robberies by 'men in uniform' at roadblocks

Police releases list of 143 traffic offenders [See Full List in story]

Police releases list of 143 traffic offenders [See Full List in story]