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A Legal Study on Protecting Location Information of Smart Phone

  • Public Land Law Review
  • Abbr : KPLLR
  • 2011, 54(), pp.333-352
  • Publisher : Korean Public Land Law Association
  • Research Area : Social Science > Law

Jang Kyo-Sik 1 조정은 1

1건국대학교

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ABSTRACT

Nowadays, the use of smart phones has become popular due to the development of IT technology, so location information and location tracking of smart phones are becoming the big problem. Smart phone is the cell phone terminal added the computer's functionality. Through this, users have been overcome the existing constraints of time and space, and are able to access to information without any restriction. Especially, services based on location information provide the various convenience so the users are actively utilizing them.     However, the possibility of misuse of the personal information contained in the location information through location-based services is increasing more and more. Nevertheless, studies concerning this issue are still insufficient. In particular, the standard related to illegal collection and use of the location information containing personal information by companies and public organizations are needed, but the provisions are insufficient. Therefore, the improvement of the current law should be suggested by analyzing and considering the present condition of collection and use of the location information, the problems of utilizing location information, and the limitation of the current law. And the way for protecting privacy safely and utilizing location information should be sought ultimately. In case of Korea, even service providers do not handle the personal location information must get permission and declare under the same standard like the service providers who handle the personal location information regardless of violation of privacy. Also, even if minor violations, the heavy penalties are imposed. Therefore, restrictions about location information business unrelated to privacy are needed to relax. However, restrictions about location information business related to privacy should be tightened. In particular, service providers should not misuse the personal location information and smart phone users should be able to delete the stored location information. Also, when the location information should be stored, it must be encrypted and deleted after a certain period of time.

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