Japan Supreme Court email error leads to information leak

Japan's top court has revealed it caused a personal information leak after an employee sent emails to 900 lawyers and others with the recipients' addresses exposed. The court says the recipients had borrowed funds from the court during legal training.

The Supreme Court said an employee mistakenly sent an administrative notice to 900 people in two batches on Monday morning with the recipients' email addresses in the "To" field instead of "BCC," which hides the information.

It said that it learned of the error after one of the recipients reported to the court, but added that the leak has so far been confined among those who received the email.

The court admitted that multiple employees did not check the address fields before transmission of the emails.

The Financial Bureau's head of the Supreme Court offered an apology to those affected. He added that the court will consider steps to prevent a repeat of such an incident.