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South Korea: PIPC announces promulgation of amendments to PIPA

The Personal Information Protection Commission ('PIPC') announced, on 4 February 2020, that amendments ('the Amendments') to the Personal Information Protection Act 2011 ('PIPA') had been promulgated following the passing of the Amendments by the National Assembly. In particular, the Amendments include, among other things, revised definitions for pseudonymous and anonymous processing, as well as associated requirements, restrictions, and penalties, and measures for centralising personal information protection services within the PIPC.

In addition, the Amendments provide that pseudonymised information may be processed for the purposes of statistical preparation, scientific research, and public record keeping. Moreover, the Amendments bring certain provisions related to personal information protection by information and communication service providers, as currently provided for under the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilisation and Information Protection 2001, into the scope of PIPA.

The Amendments will come into force six months after promulgation.

You can read the announcement here, download the Amendments here, and read the amended PIPA here, all only available in Korean.