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Calls for Independent Privacy Agency Grow

DATA PROTECTION—SOUTH KOREA

April 22, 2010

Advocates and opposition lawmakers are calling for an independent body to manage private data, reports Korea Times. They say the government has proved inept when it comes to protecting personal information, and citizens' private details would be better entrusted to an independent agency. The Ministry of Public Administration disagrees and the standstill is delaying passage of the nation's new personal Information Protection Law, the report states. That law will mandate breach notifications. "The lagging discussions are certainly a letdown," said Lee Deok-hyun of the Knowledge Information Security Industry Association. "If we don't establish the personal privacy law now, companies will stop pretending they are interested."
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