On the 3 August 2015 the Korean data protection authority (Korean Communications Commission - KCC) announced that amendments (Amendments) to the ‘Law on the Protection and Use of Location Information 2008’ would come into effect on 4 August 2015.

Most significantly the Amendments modify the obligation for location based service businesses to report their activities to the KCC.  The aim of the Amendments is to lay the groundwork for innovations such as the "Internet of Things" and to deregulate the industry to encourage companies to join the market.

The Amendments remove the obligation for location-based service businesses to report to the KCC when their activities involve only processes location information which does not include personal location information.

What action could be taken to manage risks that may arise from this development?

Companies should bear in mind the Amendments should they carry out any data processing in South Korea.