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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 [...]

Forced Use of GPS Tracking Device Violates Human Rights Despite Quarantine Purposes

Forced Use of GPS Tracking Device Violates Human Rights Despite Quarantine Purposes

SEOUL, June 30 (Korea Bizwire) — The state human rights watchdog has ruled that ordering military service members to install map applications and turn on GPS functions at all times for quarantine purposes infringes upon their privacy and other fundamental rights. The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) announced Tuesday that requiring the use [...]

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 [...]

Graduation Albums in Jeopardy as Privacy Concerns Grow

Graduation Albums in Jeopardy as Privacy Concerns Grow

SEOUL, March 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Graduation albums containing personal names and photos are being exploited for criminal activities. In one case, a student’s parents ended up stalking a teacher after finding the teacher’s photo in the student’s graduation album. The albums were also used to voice phish old teachers by criminals pretending to be [...]

Gov’t Urges People to Use Encrypted Personal Number for Entry Logs to Protect Privacy

Gov’t Urges People to Use Encrypted Personal Number for Entry Logs to Protect Privacy

SEOUL, March 6 (Korea Bizwire) — The government asked the public Saturday to use their encrypted personal numbers, instead of phone numbers, to protect privacy when they have to write down entry logs at widely used places like restaurants and cafes as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Last month, the government [...]

Gov’t to Introduce Encrypted Personal Number amid Virus-related Data Breach Concerns

Gov’t to Introduce Encrypted Personal Number amid Virus-related Data Breach Concerns

SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Korea Bizwire) – Starting Friday, the government will introduce a new privacy protection measure allowing the people to write down encrypted private numbers instead of their phone numbers when they visit widely-used places, like restaurants and cafes. The Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC) announced Thursday that it will introduce an encrypted private [...]

Gov’t Bans Storage of Face Images on Thermal Cameras over Privacy Concern

Gov’t Bans Storage of Face Images on Thermal Cameras over Privacy Concern

SEOUL, Nov. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — Organizations using thermal imaging cameras to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are banned from storing face images under a new government rule to protect privacy, effective as of Thursday. The Personal Information Protection Commission has set the new regulation after its recent inspection found thermal scanners in some offices [...]

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. [...]

Coronavirus Patients Can Request Corrective Measures for Privacy Violation

Coronavirus Patients Can Request Corrective Measures for Privacy Violation

SEOUL, March 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Coronavirus patients can now request corrective measures whenever they feel their rights and privacy have been violated after their travel logs go public. The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced Tuesday that new legislation on epidemics management that includes the aforementioned policy went into effect early this month. The [...]