The Korea Times reports on the Korean Ministry of Public Administration and Security expanding the list of companies regulated by the country’s Information and Communications Network Law.
The number of companies affected by the law will expand to 220,000 starting next month, the ministry said, with refineries, real estate brokers, marriage agencies, job information centers, movie theaters and video rental stores among the new additions.
These businesses will be subject to fines or criminal charges when found to have disclosed the personal information of their customers illegally or without consent, ministry officials said.
They will also be required to explain to customers why they need the data they are collecting and how long they will keep the information before disposing of it, which will be mandatory.
Previously, the privacy regulations affected only a limited number of businesses, including telecommunications operators, hotels and major retail chains, and critics have been calling for an expansion of coverage. […]
The poor privacy standards by the companies has been the subject of fierce criticism, as many connect it to the rising number of fraud and “phishing” e-mail and phone scams that are becoming a growing social problem.