South Korea immigration facial data sharing

Occurred: October 2021

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Documents released by South Korea's government reveal the country's Ministry of Justice has been sharing the facial images and personal details of travellers using Seoul's Incheon International Airport with local commercial companies.

The data involves approximately 170 million travellers, and was obtained without their consent, and is being shared to help develop a government system for screening and identifying travellers.

South Korea's Personal Information Protection Act determines that the sharing of sensitive personal data with third parties requires the specific and separate consent of the data subject.

Local civil liberty activists have threatened to take the government to court on the issue.

Operator: Ministry of Justice (MOJ) ; Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT); Incheon International Airport
Developer: CUbox  
Country: South Korea
Sector: Govt - immigration
Purpose: Identify travellers; Predict security breaches
Technology: Facial recognition
Issue: Privacy; Dual/multi-use
Transparency: Governance; Privacy