Tag Archives: South Korea

South Korea Joins the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules Framework

South Korea has became the fifth member economy to join the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (“APEC”) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (“CBPR”) system, a voluntary but legally enforceable code of conduct that aims to facilitate secure data transfers and e-commerce between parties to the agreement. Established in 2011, the CBPR system aims to provide a minimum level of … Continue Reading

Grace Period for Compliance with New Korean Privacy Law Ended this Spring

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

South Korea Plans to End “Real Name” Web Requirements

The South Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security reiterated support this week for its plans to abolish legislation that requires Internet users on social networks to use their real names on websites.  Currently, the law requires websites with more than 100,000 visitors per day to require users to register with their real names.  In … Continue Reading