South Korea’s data watchdog barks warnings at Microsoft and five local firms

Laura Dobberstein reports:

Microsoft and five other companies have received fines totaling US$75K from South Korea’s Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC), for running afoul of local data protection laws.

The Commission fined Microsoft 16.4 million won (US$14,700) for failing to have protective measures on administrative accounts that led to the leak of over 119,000 email accounts, 144 of which belonged to South Korean residents. Furthermore, when Microsoft announced the leaks, it did so within 24 hours of the incident in English but not until 11 days later in Korean. The PPIC said Korean users should be notified in Korean.

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