Korean web portals to stop collecting resident registration information

Posted on english.hani.co.kr

Following Nate, South Korean portal site Naver and Daum have decided not to collect resident registration numbers and to dispose of the numbers that they have already collected.

Naver and Daum which are operated by NHN and Daum communications, respectively, announced Tuesday that they will stop collecting numbers from next year and destroy collected information in phases by the end of next year. Accordingly, all three domestic portal sites will not keep citizens’ numbers any more.

“We have been encrypting personal information that we have collected, but as hacking has continued, we need changes in our policy,” said an official from NHN. “We are considering to use i-Pin, cellular phones or credit cards to verify new member‘s identity for registration.” Daum Communications plans to use the information acquired from credit information companies for identification in case identification is required according to law.

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