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Citizens’ personal information was illegally resold during the pandemic. South Korean government responded

Screenshot of JTBC TV report

Citizens’ personal information was illegally resold during the pandemic. South Korean government responded

November 23. According to a report from South Korea’s JTBC TV station, recently, there have been transactions involving openly reselling personal information online in South Korea. The trafficked file is called the “Coronavirus Access List”.

The content of the file not only contains the name, contact information and address, but also records the body temperature. At the same time, there are more than 10,000 personal information recorded in the file, which has aroused widespread public concern.

In response, the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare responded that the QR code (similar to the domestic health code) set in stores to record travel trajectories in daily life only records the name, contact information and time of the visitor, not Information such as personal address and body temperature will be collected. It is reported that the main purchaser of the document is an advertising company that often sends promotional text messages to consumers.

At present, South Korea is still confirming whether the leaked personal information is related to hacker intrusion, and whether the personal information contained in the file is authentic. South Korean police said they have information on information traffickers and will start an investigation.

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