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“Anonymized” Data to Be Removed from Personal Information Protection

“Anonymized” Data to Be Removed from Personal Information Protection

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Personal data that has undergone “anonymization” — made anonymous to render the identification of the individual the data was generated from impossible — will no longer fall under the confines of the Personal Information Protection Act, for which the stated purpose is to “provide for the processing and protection [...]

Government Probed Millions of Online Personal Records in 2015: Report

Government Probed Millions of Online Personal Records in 2015: Report

SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Korea Bizwire) – A recent report has revealed that investigative authorities peeked into online communications information of over one million citizens in 2015 from Korea’s two major web portals – Naver and Daum. According to the 2016 Internet Transparency Report from the Clinical Legal Education Center (Korea University), the two Internet giants [...]

How are Korean IT Companies Holding up against Government Surveillance?

How are Korean IT Companies Holding up against Government Surveillance?

SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Korea Bizwire) – Silicon Valley is well known for fighting against government surveillance to protect its users. But what steps are Korean IT companies taking to safeguard their customers?  Naver and Daum are Korea’s leading web portals, claiming approximately 75 percent and 15 percent the market, respectively, while Kakao is Korea’s dominant [...]

New Law Allows Personal Information Use Without Consent

New Law Allows Personal Information Use Without Consent

SEOUL, July 1 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korean government is allowing some personal information to be used without an individual’s consent in ICT fields including big data, IoT (Internet of Things), and fintech (financial technology), as long as the information does not reveal the person’s identity. The Ministry of the Interior (MOI) announced on Thursday, June 30, [...]

Korea to Implement New Standard for ‘Right to be Forgotten’

Korea to Implement New Standard for ‘Right to be Forgotten’

SEOUL, May 26 (Korea Bizwire) – Almost everyone has a skeleton or two in their closet. But once this sensitive information is posted online, it becomes almost permanent.  A new ‘Right to be Forgotten’ standard set by the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) will go into effect starting June. But many questions still remain as to [...]

New Law May Help Reduce Unsolicited Telemarketing

New Law May Help Reduce Unsolicited Telemarketing

SEOUL, May 6 (Korea Bizwire) – Telemarketers can be annoying, and sometimes leave you wondering how they got your phone number.  The KCC (Korea Communications Commission) revealed on May 5 that in accordance with the newly revised Information & Communications Network Law, telemarketers must reveal the source from which they acquired the personal information of [...]

KCC to Begin Investigation on Flashlight App Personal Information Breaches

KCC to Begin Investigation on Flashlight App Personal Information Breaches

SEOUL, Nov. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — A news report that security of millions of smartphones has been compromised by flashlight apps has caused a stir. To this, the Korea Communications Commission immediately responded that it would investigate the matter and impose sanctions if deemed necessary. An official with the regulatory body said on November 6, “We were [...]

Close to 30% of Online Retailers Lack Secure Servers…Seoul E-commerce Center

Close to 30% of Online Retailers Lack Secure Servers…Seoul E-commerce Center

SEOUL, July 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Amid the situation where personal information breaches continue, online retailers are still negligent in managing their customers’ data. According to a data by the Seoul Electronic Commerce Center on July 22, a quasi-public organization established jointly by the Consumers Union of Korea and the Seoul City Government, based on a survey [...]