SEOUL, Jan.13 (Korea Bizwire) – The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs announced that it will make efforts to lower the possibility of privacy invasions.
Whether we like it or not, what we do can be recorded on the black boxes of the many cars omnipresent on Korea’s busy streets. Sometimes, videos we did not know existed are distributed through the internet.
Authorities comment that even though the current law can regulate the distribution of video footage taken through black boxes and drones, there are no regulations to stop the recording itself. They explained that they will study ways to minimize the violation of privacy in the process of gathering video footage through portable recording devices.
Portable recording devices not only include black boxes and drones, but also all sorts of wearable cameras.
The current law states that when installing a CCTV camera in a public space, one must notify individuals in the area that they are recording video footage, because it is difficult to get an agreement on gathering personal information from unspecified individuals.
However, there are no regulations for black boxes installed in cars.
It is difficult to notify all the individuals that are recorded on a black box.
Countermeasures such as the use of a lamp that lights up to give notice that the camera is recording video footage are strongly suggested.
Authorities comment that they will consider if it is reasonable to require some sort of mandatory notification in the process of collecting personal information, and study ways to strengthen regulations.
By Kevin Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)