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In this information age, the need to protect personal information is paramount.  Yulchon recognized early the importance of protecting personal information and has been advising clients on a variety of legal issues regarding various Korean laws on information protection (“information protection laws”), such as the Act on Promotion of Information and Communication Network Utilization and Information Protection, the Use and Protection of Credit Information Act, and the Protection of Communications Secrets Act.  In 2011, Yulchon formed a specialized Information Protection Team in conjunction with the enactment of the Personal Information Protection Act, which laid down the fundamental groundwork for protecting information in Korea.  Utilizing its deep understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of information protection, the Information Protection Team actively contributed to the drafting and enactment of the Enforcement Decree, Enforcement Regulations, and Ministry of Public Administration and Security’s Guidelines on Protection of Personal Information.  The Information Protection Team has provided and continues to provide sound legal advice on compliance with the information protection laws to various public organizations, companies and financial institutions.  Furthermore, Yulchon provides legal advice on formulating countermeasures to prevent disclosure of personal information, and represents clients in related legal disputes.

Major Practice Areas

  • Implement compliance programs relating to information protection laws for public institutions and private companies.
  • Draft non-disclosure agreements, internal rules and other forms relating to protection of information.
  • Advise on transfer of client information relating to sale and purchase of business and merger, etc.
  • Advise on third party commissioned transfer/processing of client information within or outside Korea.
  • Advise on collecting and managing personal information of executive officers.
  • Advise on countermeasures in the event of unauthorized disclosure of personal information.
  • Manage disputes involving personal information, class actions and individual actions relating to unauthorized disclosure of personal information.
  • Advise on various issues arising out of laws relating to protection of information.

  • Provided consulting services to implement a “personal information protection infrastructure” for a domestic financial company.
  • Conducted compliance check for a domestic financial association including review of templates used by financial institutes when processing personal information, etc.
  • Advised a domestic broadcasting company relating to the Protection of Communications Secrets Act.
  • Advised a domestic distribution company relating to job applications requiring disclosure of personal information.
  • Advised a domestic credit card company relating to management of credit information.
  • Advised a domestic bank relating to collection of personal information for agents and SNS marketing.
  • Advised a domestic insurance company relating to collection of personal information of family members of financial consultants.
  • Advised a domestic financial company relating to provision of personal credit information for consideration.
  • Advised a domestic financial authority on laws relating to provision of information containing personal videos.
  • Provided seminars and education to domestic securities company and various associations relating to management and protection of personal information in view of the enactment of the Personal Information Protection Act.
  • Self-Driving Cars : New standard for data privacy internationally and in Korea, Communications Law (June 2016)  pdf
  • ‘Establishing the regulatory foundations for Big Data 2.0’, Data protection Law & Policy Volume 12 Issue 05 (2015)  pdf
  • "A Proposal of Enhanced Personal Information Security management Framework of Consigning of Personal Information", Journal of The Korea Institute of Information Security & Cryptology, Vol 25 No 2 (Co-Author)(2015) 
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