South Korea: KCC to file criminal complaint against Uber
Published 22 January 2015
The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) has announced that it plans to file a criminal complaint against Uber Korea Technology LCC for breach of geolocation services rules.
The rules in question require both domestic and foreign companies that use geolocation services to report certain information the KCC. This includes the type of geolocation technology being used and details off the privacy protection measures in place.
The penalties for breach of these rules are potentially severe, with either a jail term of up to 3 years or a fine of up to 30 million Korean won (c £28,000).
Companies wishing to implement any new services in a new jurisdiction should ensure that it is acting in compliance with local laws to ensure it does not become subject to such penalties.
What action could be taken to manage risks that may arise from this development?
If your company operates in South Korea, it should ensure that when implementing new technologies such as geolocation technology, that it is acting in compliance with local requirements.