After the failings this year with reference to personal user data protection by social media giant Facebook Inc, affecting tens of millions of people globally; the Japanese government asked the company to protect its users’ personal data on Monday.

Communication of security issues to users, increasing surveillance and scrutiny over providers of applications and informing about any changes in security measures to regulators are some of the measures the Japanese government has asked the social media firm to adopt.

After the improper access of roughly 87 million users’ personal data in April by the British firm Cambridge Analytica, Facebook informed about another setback this month where the attackers stole data from 29 million user accounts, following which the Japanese government has made this request.

The request carries no administrative orders or penalties, neither is it legally binding. The request to Facebook was detailed by Japan’s Personal Information Protection Commission on Monday. The Commission had investigated the Cambridge Analytica incident in April with authorities in Britain and elsewhere.

The Commission said that the company has promised that it will share on its Japanese- language website about the details of how it is planning to deal with the request. Almost 100.000 Japanese users were affected by the Cambridge Analytica incident and the Commission feels that the cyber attack might have also had an impact on them.

However, a comment from Facebook’s representative could not be obtained.

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