SK Telecom raided over alleged illegal private data collection

December 2, 2014
(Korea Times file)

(Korea Times file)

SEOUL (Yonhap) — State investigators raided the headquarters of SK Telecom Co. in Seoul on Tuesday over suspicions that the country’s top mobile carrier illegally collected its users’ health records.

A joint team of prosecutors and government officials said they seized documents and computer hard drives related to the health care business of the company suspected of gathering the information without the users’ consent.

The task force, comprised of 70 officials, was launched in April after major credit card companies leaked massive amounts of consumer data earlier in the year.

The incident involving KB Card, NH Card, Lotte Card Co. and others has prompted the government to step up measures to protect private information.