• Govt To Enhance COVID-Related Privacy Protection Amid Risk Of Data Breaches

Photo: Yonhap News
Photo: Yonhap News

A government inspection on the way personal information is gathered and managed under COVID-19 quarantine measures found a high risk of data breaches.

Rosyn Park reports.


The Personal Information Protection Commission said the prolonged pandemic has led to excessive disclosure of people's personal information, so it has released additional measures in a bid to better protect privacy.

Businesses cannot demand the names of customers on handwritten entry logs but only part of their home addresses and phone numbers.

It also said when local governments reveal the location histories of COVID-19 patients, they should adhere to the privacy guidelines issued back in March, which recommended holding back any detail that could identify patients, such as the companies they work for.

Info gathered through smartphone QR codes was found to be safe since they are automatically deleted after four weeks.

The agency also said the government is considering getting rid of mandatory entry logs for masked customers who visit eateries and cafes for takeout orders.

It added that it will continue to work on removing related personal data circulated on social media sites.

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