LINE Becomes a Member of the Global Network Initiative (GNI)

LINE joins GNI as its first Asia-headquartered member, helping organizations globally to protect their data privacy policies  

TOKYO – August 14, 2020 – LINE Corporation (“LINE”) today announced that it has become a member of the Global Network Initiative (GNI). With this membership, LINE becomes GNI’s first Asia-headquartered member company as it joins other leading technology companies, academics, investors and civil society constituencies.    

GNI is a non-governmental organization established in 2008 that helps organizations and companies to maintain their policies regarding freedom of expression and data protection against government restrictions and demands. LINE joins the network to actively promote and facilitate responsible company decision making. As a member, LINE will leverage its expertise in the Asia region for privacy initiatives that contribute to GNI activities.

Having launched as a messaging app and grown into a responsible provider of internet services for 166 million users across our key markets, LINE places utmost importance on protecting user data and pursuing the best possible security policies. LINE’s rigorous internal data security practices are reviewed and improved on a continuous basis, ensuring peace of mind for our users everywhere in the world.

“We are pleased to officially join GNI after having served as an observer this past year,” says LINE Corporation CEO Takeshi Idezawa. “We will continue supporting GNI’s activities to promote privacy protection and freedom of expression online. We also hope to leverage LINE’s extensive experience in Asia by taking part in the network’s activities and establish mutually beneficial relationships with other GNI constituencies.”

■About LINE Corporation

Based in Japan, LINE Corporation (NYSE:LN/TSE:3938) is dedicated to the mission of “Closing the Distance,” bringing together information, services and people. The LINE messaging app launched in June 2011 and since then has grown into a diverse, global ecosystem that includes AI technology, Fintech and more.