The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) is scheduled to visit Google's headquarters located at the heart of Silicon Valley between July 22 and July 25, in order to verify whether or not the search engine giant has indeed deleted the personal information of Koreans collected without permission.
The KCC is going to inspect the whole process of deletion together with experts on personal information-related technology from the Korea Internet & Security Agency.
Last January, the KCC fined Google 212.3 million won (US$206,595) for the first time. In addition, the commission decided to order the US firm to delete all personal information collected without user consent and to let the KCC verify the process.
Choi Sung-joon, head of the KCC, said, “It is the first time for the KCC to impose sanctions against a global company for violating a law on protecting personal information.” He added, “In the event that any company violates the law by collecting the personal information of Koreans without permission, we will punish the entity without any exception.”