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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 require prior consent for the collection, use, sharing and disposal of personal data. Lisa Sotto, head of the privacy and information management practice at Hunton& Williams in New York City, said “[under the new act individuals will have improved legal recourse for privacy infringement, such as (1) privacy telephone hotline centers to register the data protection complaints; (2) a dispute mediation committee that can seek out-of-court privacy settlements; and (3) the option of filing a class-action lawsuit,” Sotto said.

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