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App Developer, Smartphone Company Charged for Data Storage

PRIVACY LAW—SOUTH KOREA

September 29, 2010

Seoul prosecutors have charged a South Korean company with illegally collecting customers' personal information via a smartphone application, AFP reports. The Seoul District Prosecutors' Office has accused financial television station TomatoTV of illegally storing 83,000 users' mobile ID codes on its server without disclosing to users that the information was being stored, which is a violation of telecommunications and privacy laws. The developer of the app--which allows users to check live stock market prices--has also been charged. "This case will offer guidelines on what information should be protected as privacy and highlight that app developers should pay more attention to collection and management of private information when developing new programs," the prosecution said.
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