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South Korea: PIPC confirms evaluation of information processing policies

On June 13, 2024, the Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC) confirmed its 2024 personal information policy evaluation plan. The PIPC stated that 49 companies across seven fields are confirmed to be subject to personal information processing policy evaluation during 2024. The PIPC intends to evaluate the adequacy, readability, and accessibility of the processing policy, share best practices, and encourage improvement of deficiencies. The PIPC mentioned that personal information processing policies can be seen as the most basic means of guaranteeing the rights of information subjects by allowing them to check for what purposes and how personal information is being processed.

The Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) requires personal information processors to establish and disclose a processing policy to enhance accountability and transparency in processing personal information. The PIPC highlighted that the personal information policy review system was introduced in 2023 to strengthen transparency and accountability in personal information processing and to guarantee the information subject's right to practical control including the right to know. The PIPC stated that the evaluations are conducted by an evaluation committee composed of external experts using an in-depth evaluation method based on publicly available data and opinions submitted by the targeted organization. The PIPC also stated that personal information processors with excellent processing policies will receive incentives such as reduced fines under the PIPA and improvement recommendations where needed.

You can read the press release, only available in Korean, here.