Watchdog Moves to Prevent Online Leaks of Personal Data

Websites will no longer be able to demand resident registration numbers from subscribers under a proposal for better data protection by the Korea Communications Commission on Monday.

The watchdog on Monday announced a plan that will oblige website operators to minimize their storage of personal information of users and encode such information as they do keep.

The commission will work out a detailed action plan by December to limit the amount of data the website operators can collect and to compel them to delete personal information once their usage deadline expires.

It will also require websites to encode other information such as telephone numbers and home and e-mail addresses, and block access to databases with stored personal information from computers connected to the Internet. It will provide free security software to small and medium-sized companies that cannot afford to install a new security system.

Meanwhile, hackers attacked Internet portal Nate and blogging site Cyworld last month to access the personal information of 35 million users.

englishnews@chosun.com / Aug. 09, 2011 12:43 KST