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Advanced Face-blurring Tech Introduced to Protect Privacy Rights

Advanced Face-blurring Tech Introduced to Protect Privacy Rights

SEOUL, Nov. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — As the omnipresence of security cameras or closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras is here to stay, the controversy over possible invasions of privacy is likely to linger. Taking into account such rising worries over privacy invasion associated with CCTV cameras, a personal rights protection authority in South Korea announced it [...]

Facebook Recommended to Pay 300,000-won Compensation per Victim over Personal Data Breach

Facebook Recommended to Pay 300,000-won Compensation per Victim over Personal Data Breach

SEOUL, Oct. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — The state watchdog on personal information protection on Friday recommended the operator of Facebook to pay 300,000 won (US$256.70) in compensation to each of 181 users demanding damages for the provision of their personal information to third parties without consent. The recommendation to Meta Platforms, Inc. was made by [...]

S. Korea to Introduce New Law to Bolster Privacy

S. Korea to Introduce New Law to Bolster Privacy

SEOUL, Sept. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — The government is stepping up to amend legislation to better protect people’s privacy as COVID-19 continues to speed up digitalization. The Personal Information Protection Commission, a South Korea’s data protection watchdog, said Tuesday that a new bill that amends the Personal Information Protection Act has passed the state council [...]

Experts Warn About Risks of Selling Used Smartphones Without Properly Deleting Data

Experts Warn About Risks of Selling Used Smartphones Without Properly Deleting Data

SEOUL, June 15 (Korea Bizwire) — With an increasing number of people selling used smartphones, experts warn of the risks of data being recovered from these phones. Some 9 million second-hand phones are estimated to be kept among South Korean households. And about 1.3 million used smartphone transactions for this year’s first quarter, which was [...]

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 [...]