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Korea Telecom Fcaes KRW100 Million Fine Over Customer Data Leak

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South Korea based Korea Telecom (KT) is facing a fine of up to KRW100 million following a data leak that saw some 9.8 million customers detailes stolen.

However, the fine, equivalent to US$93,400 has been criticized by consumer groups as being too weak considering the scale of the data leak, and that it wasn't the first time the mobile network had been hit by such an event.

Three suspects were arrested earlier this month following an investigation in to claims that 12 million customer records had been stolen by the hackers.

The data protection laws can only impose modest fines where the company did not personally benefit from the misuse of customer data. Consumer groups are calling for the law to be tightened so that the teleoms regulator could impost tougher sanctions, such as the sales bans that it uses to punish networks for breaching handset subsidy rules.

"Unlike credit card-related rules, the country's telecom law does not acknowledge that data leakage is a financial mishap that causes damage to customers' personal assets," a governmental official said. "Accordingly, a business suspension is not an option unless KT has collected personal data without users' consent."

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