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New information protection measures

Beginning September 1, information and communication service providers will be required by law to equip themselves with information protection systems and hire an expert to monitor them.

Beginning September 1, information and communication service providers will be required by law to equip themselves with information protection systems and hire an expert to monitor them.

KOREA (JoongAng IIbo) - The Ministry of Information and Communication announced that it would implement information protection guidelines to protect consumers against hacking and the spread of computer viruses.

Information and communication firms will be required to strengthen security measures and to hire at least one expert on information protection and another on systems maintenance. Their main responsibilities will be to monitor the spread of viruses, prevent hacking as well as the leaking of sensitive internal information.

These measures will remain 'recommendations' for the time being.

However, once the related legislation passes in the National Assembly in the fall, violation of the regulations could entail a jail sentence of up to five years.