South Korea is making changes to its data protection enforcement system that will hopefully clear the way for its long-awaited adequacy decision from the European Union. South Korea initiated the EU adequacy decision process in 2015; however, there are problems with the independence of its enforcement bodies, and that's what the new legislation is designed to fix. When South Korea started down the adequacy road, the basis was its strict Personal Information Protection Act. The law created a Personal Information Protection Commission, but its enforcement powers reside with the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, which is, of course, not independent from the government. As far as the Europeans are concerned, that simply doesn't fly, David Meyer reports for The Privacy Advisor.
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