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Gov`t Further Toughens Control Over Web Portals

Posted July. 23, 2008 09:31,   


Internet portal sites will face punishment when they fail to take swift temporary measures against defamatory postings. The nation’s media watchdog will compel portal sites to blind Internet postings if the potential victims of the post request it.

In addition, Internet site operators, except for those who run sites under electronic commerce-related laws, will be forbidden to collect, store, and distribute personal information, such as resident registration numbers.

The Korea Communications Commission released Tuesday comprehensive measures to protect private information on the Internet and announced it would push for the revision of related laws at the National Assembly and implement them in a staged manner beginning year-end at the earliest.

The commission will make it mandatory for portal sites to blind postings when the targets of the postings request it and monitor malicious replies in real-time. If sites are found to be violating the regulations, they will face punishment.

The media watchdog will also force Internet sites with daily traffic of over 100,000 to implement a “user identification system” that requires Web users to verify their identity before posting writings.

In an attempt to prevent the leakage of personal information, the commission plans to expand the legal obligation to protect personal information, which so far information communications operators follow, to include satellite broadcasters and Internet TV operators.

Also forbidden will be the customary practice of Internet sites obtaining a comprehensive consent from new users on personal information gathering, provision of information to third parties, and commissioning handling.

In order to prevent the spread of Internet viruses and various hacker incidents, a system will be enforced under which the user can ask sites to purge certain contents that are alleged to disseminate malicious codes. The commission will also oblige Internet-related companies to designate chief security officers.

Justice Minister Kim Kyung-han said during a Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, “Online defamatory action, spread of groundless information, and the threatening of businesses not to run ads in certain newspapers have reached a perilous level. The government will toughen punitive measures against Internet crimes. Those measures include the establishment of a cyber defamation act.”

“While bringing those who threaten businesses to justice, the government will join hands with police, the Korea Communications Commission, and relevant organizations to clamp down on Internet offenses,” Kim said. “In particular, the government will sternly deal with those who commit malicious offenses, cause huge losses, and create negative impacts on society as a whole.”