July 22, 2008

More South Korean Websites to Require Personal IDs to Post Comments

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap

Seoul, July 22 (Yonhap) - South Korea's communications regulatory body said Tuesday it plans to widen the range of Internet Web sites that require user identification prior to posting responses on news and other online content.

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) said it plans to compel Web sites with daily traffic of more than 100,000 visitors to implement the system as part of a comprehensive scheme aimed at strengthening protection of private information.

Currently, news-related Web sites with more than 200,000 visitors per day and general portals such as Naver.com with over 300,000 daily visitors have introduced the system to prevent users from posting defamatory comments on blogs and news content.

The measure, which the KCC plans to implement by the end of the year following legal and administrative procedures, will effectively enforce online gaming sites and other entertainment-related pages to follow suit with more popular news and general portal operators, such as Naver and Daum, that are currently complying with the system.

It also plans to amend related laws to require peer-to-peer file- sharing Web site operators to closely monitor illegal trading of copyrighted material and punish portal operators that do not immediately respond to reported victims of defamation through online comments.

"The measure is part of a plan to foster a sound online environment for netizens," Lim Cha-shik, head of KCC's user network divisions, said.

Originally published by Yonhap news agency, Seoul, in English 0638 22 Jul 08.

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