The Ministry of Security and Public Administration announced that the amendments (the “Amendments”) to the Personal Information Protection Act (the “Act”), which will prohibit the collection and use of resident registration numbers (“RRN”) and impose a fine for leaking RRN, would become effective beginning August 2014.  The Amendments will apply to public organizations and private businesses (except for information and communication service providers as defined under the Act on Promotion of Information and Communication Network Utilization and Data Protection).  The Amendments will prohibit the collection and use of RRN unless expressly allowed by other statutes or deemed necessary in emergency situations. Further, under the Amendments, when there is a violation of the Act, the Minister of Security and Public Administration may advise a relevant institution, organization or corporation to take disciplinary actions against their executive or representative who is responsible for the violation.  Corporations will need to strengthen their personal information protection measures in order to comply with the new regulations.

The key provisions of the Amendments are as follows:

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