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KCC To Begin Cracking Down on Data Collection

PRIVACY LAW—KOREA

June 15, 2012

Beginning next month, Korean website operators will be prohibited from requiring that consumers divulge their resident identification numbers in order to use their sites, The Korea Herald reports. "We will strictly restrict this practice of gathering and using personal identification numbers online as a means to protect individual information," said an official from the Korea Communications Commission. The aim is to reduce instances of identity theft and boost data protection. In addition, sites will be required to delete existing ID numbers within two years.
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