Websites to Stop ID-Number Registration

Internet service providers such as portal sites, e-commerce and online game companies must change membership registration process that oblige users to give their resident registration number, Korea's version of the personal ID number. The current excessive reliance on such information has been subject to heavy leakage of private data.

The Korea Communications Commission on Wednesday announced a revision to the Act on Promotion of Utilization of Information and Communication Network and Data Protection. All portal sites with average daily visitors of 50,000 or more, and all online commercial and games websites with average daily visitors of 10,000 or more must devise a new membership registration process that does not require resident registration number.

About 1,176 websites will be affected by the new rules. The original membership registration process can be used only when the joining member prefer it. Alternative ways to confirm identification would be use of i-PIN, credit card numbers, or official electronic certificates issued by banks and mobile phones.

englishnews@chosun.com / Oct. 30, 2008 09:40 KST