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Resident Numbers Will No Longer Be Collectable

PRIVACY LAW—SOUTH KOREA

April 20, 2012

Websites and companies will no longer legally collect resident registration numbers following the approval of a government initiative for improved data protection, The Korea Herald reports. The Korea Communications Commission, the Ministry of Public Administration and Security and the Financial Services Commission's joint plan has received final approval. It will first prohibit the online sector from collecting resident registration numbers--followed by public and private companies in phases, the report states. The plan responds to a number of major hacking incidents and identity thefts and aims to reduce the amount of personal data collected and used. Additional regulations will come as data protection law is revised later this year.
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