Personal Information Protection Act

On July 30, 2013, the Korean Ministry of Security and Public Administration (MOSPA) announced several amendments to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) concerning collection and use of ‘Resident Registration Numbers’ (RRNs) – Korea’s national identification numbers. The PIPA is a general legal framework for personal information protection and is complemented by several sector-specific laws.

According to the MOSPA’s press statement, the following amendments will come into force in August 2014:


Continue Reading Korea Strengthens Protection for ‘Resident Registration Numbers’ (RRNs): Leaks May Face a Fine of up to 0.5 Billion Korean Won

On July 30, 2013, the Korean Ministry of Security and Public Administration (MOSPA) announced several amendments to the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) concerning collection and use of ‘Resident Registration Numbers’ (RRNs) – Korea’s national identification numbers. The PIPA is a general legal framework for personal information protection and is complemented by several sector-specific laws.

According to the MOSPA’s press statement, the following amendments will come into force in August 2014:


Continue Reading Korea Strengthens Protection for ‘Resident Registration Numbers’ (RRNs): Leaks May Face a Fine of up to 0.5 Billion Korean Won

South Korea’s new comprehensive privacy law, the Personal Information Protection Act, promulgated on 29 March 2011, is now in effect. The Korean government allowed a grace period for companies to comply with the provisions of the new law and this came to an end on March 31st 2012. In relation to the private sector, the new legislation replaces some aspects of the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection (ICN Act). Described by privacy commentators as one of the strictest privacy laws in the world, the new legislation reflects the baseline standards of the OECD Privacy Guidelines and the APEC Privacy Framework (2004) to a large extent and also appears to exceed those requirements in several respects. This is an introduction to some of the core provisions of the new legislation:
Continue Reading Grace Period for Compliance with New Korean Privacy Law Ended this Spring