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Opinion: Personal Data as National Resource

DATA PROTECTION—SOUTH KOREA

August 5, 2011

In a column for Asia-Pacific Business and Technology Report, Matthew Weigand analyses recent raids by the South Korean government on Google's South Korean offices. Weigand contends that rapid technological innovation has "blurred the line" between appropriate and inappropriate privacy intrusions, and the recent raids are an attempt to re-draw the line around national interests against international corporations. "Perhaps this is one of the first steps" he writes, "in nations beginning to view their citizens' privacy as national resources to be exploited for national gain, like oil or forests."
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