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Constitutional Court Upholds Ban on Private Detectives

Constitutional Court Upholds Ban on Private Detectives

SEOUL, Jul. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean Constitutional Court has ruled that current legislation banning businesses from making inquiries into one’s privacy is not unconstitutional. This includes the ban on using the term “detective” by private investigators in their business dealings. In a previous lawsuit, a former police officer claimed that the ban [...]

Prosecutors Conduct 533 Telecom-Related Monitoring since 2012: Lawmaker

Prosecutors Conduct 533 Telecom-Related Monitoring since 2012: Lawmaker

SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean prosecutors conducted 533 individual cases of telecommunications-related monitoring through August from 2012, a lawmaker said Tuesday, urging the government to reorganize its privacy-related policies that can better protect the rights of its people.  Around 63 percent of the monitoring was made on request by South Korea’s intelligence [...]

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, [...]

Activist Group Slams Facebook for Infringing Privacy

Activist Group Slams Facebook for Infringing Privacy

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Korea Bizwire) – A South Korean activist group said Friday U.S.-based social network operator Facebook Inc.’s compliance with investigation warrants pose a threat to local users’ privacy, demanding that the firm follow Apple Inc.’s privacy policy. Police arrested a 26-year-old student, known only by his last name Kim, earlier this week on [...]

SK Telecom Launches Application to Protect Customers’ Privacy

SK Telecom Launches Application to Protect Customers’ Privacy

SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — SK Telecom announced that it would launch an application to safeguard customers’ personal information on their smartphones, reflecting growing concerns about privacy and according measures the wireless industry  rushes to adopt these days. SKT’s “Security Box” is aimed at protecting confidential information against possible leaks as users increasingly tend [...]