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Gov’t to Remove Phone Numbers from Visitor Registrations to Protect Personal Info

Gov’t to Remove Phone Numbers from Visitor Registrations to Protect Personal Info

SEOUL, Oct. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The government is looking to exclude mobile phone numbers from handwritten visitor registrations, introduced to track coronavirus cases among visitors to multiuse facilities, to prevent possible breaches of personal information, its top official in charge of personal information protection said. Yoon Jong-in, chairman of the Personal Information Protection Commission [...]

Privacy Concerns over Thermal Imaging Cameras with Facial Recognition Functions

Privacy Concerns over Thermal Imaging Cameras with Facial Recognition Functions

SEOUL, Oct. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Some types of thermal imaging cameras with facial recognition functions turned out to be collecting what some deem as excessive personal information automatically in the process of checking body temperatures. The Personal Information Protection Commission is set to launch an investigation over the functions of the face recognition thermal [...]

Gov’t to Enhance Virus-related Privacy Protection amid Concerns over Data Breach

Gov’t to Enhance Virus-related Privacy Protection amid Concerns over Data Breach

SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government on Friday announced additional measures to protect personal information, as the prolonged fight against the coronavirus pandemic has led to excessive data disclosures. The Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC) released the measures to protect privacy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at minimizing harnessing private information. [...]

Foreign IT Firms Negligent in Duties of Operating Domestic Representatives for Personal Information

Foreign IT Firms Negligent in Duties of Operating Domestic Representatives for Personal Information

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — A handful of foreign information technology (IT) companies have been identified as having been negligent in their duties of operating domestic representatives for personal information. The domestic representatives are supposed to act on their behalf to perform the duties of a person responsible for management of personal information. The [...]

Revealing Personal Info in Confirmed COVID-19 Cases is Appropriate: Poll

Revealing Personal Info in Confirmed COVID-19 Cases is Appropriate: Poll

SEOUL, May 19 (Korea Bizwire) — A majority of South Koreans have used contact tracing maps developed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and are finding disclosure and analysis of personal information appropriate. According to a survey of 1,038 people and 270 experts conducted by the presidential committee on the fourth industrial revolution, 58.6 percent [...]

“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 [...]