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South Korea: KCC releases notice on coronavirus and protection of personal information

The Korea Communications Commission ('KCC') released, on 11 February 2020, a notice ('the Notice') on its efforts to protect personal information in relation to the coronavirus. In particular, the Notice highlights that documents containing personal information relating to confirmed coronavirus cases had been disseminated online, and that a relevant company had requested deletion of the personal information based on Article 32-4 of the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilisation and Information Protection 2001. In addition, the Notice outlines that the Korean government will closely monitor and delete illegally disclosed personal information as well as investigate any violations of the Personal Information Protection Act 2011. Moreover, the Notice emphasises that the dissemination of personal information which can identify a specific individual, other than the information disclosed by the quarantine authority, may be subject to civil and criminal penalties.

You can read the Notice, only available in Korean, here.