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On March 30, 2021, the European Commission announced, in a joint statement with South Korea’s data protection authority, the Personal Information Protection Commission, the “successful conclusion” of the adequacy talks between the EU and South Korea. The decision will enable the free flow of personal data from the EU to South Korea, covering both private […]

South Korea Joins APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules System

In June, South Korea became the latest country to officially join the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system. The country joins the United States, Canada, Japan and Mexico. Twenty companies have been certified under CBPR. The program was developed by the 21 APEC member economies as a way to strengthen the general […]

Personal Information Protection Act: Issues for Employers

Korea recently enacted the Personal Information Protection Act in order to protect rights and interests in connection with personal information. Although the act went into effect on September 30 2011, the Ministry of Public Administration and Security has provided for a six-month transition period, allowing time to educate companies. If any person processing personal information […]

Privacy Laws to be Overhauled Korea To Ban Online Collection Of Resident Numbers

Resident registration numbers will no longer be requested by websites and companies as the government announced measures for better data protection. The announcement came amid privacy concerns after a series of large-scale hackings into major portals and other data related crimes such as identity theft and voice phishing here. Aimed at minimizing the collection and […]

Criminal Past Checks to be Conducted on Taxi Drivers

Seoul City is planning to check every taxi driver to see whether they have a criminal record by next year as part of measures to protect passengers from crimes committed by cabbies. The plan, however, may bring controversy over human rights infringements, because drivers claim that the step treats all of them as potential criminals. […]

South Korea Passes New Data Protection Law

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak approved on March 29, 2010, the Act on the Protection of Personal Data, a comprehensive privacy law that will require nearly all businesses and government agencies to protect personal information in databases and prevent damage caused by leaked and misused personal data. The law follows established data protection principles that […]

The Significance of Data Protection In Korea

Untitled Document Korea JoongAng Daily reports on a new version of the Data Protection Act currently before the Korean National Assembly and experts’ calls for the reforms. Prof. Park Whon-il describes Korea’s data protection legislation history and the effect of current technological advances extending personal information from “the data of a living person such as […]


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