Online real-name system unconstitutional

The Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that the Information Communications Law requiring the use of real names online was unconstitutional, setting the stage for scrapping the policy which was implemented in 2007. The court made a unanimous decision that the law violated people’s freedom of speech.

A petition filed by “Internet Media Today,” an online media company, among others in 2010, claimed that the law was discriminatory.

Until now, websites with more than 100,000 visitors per day required users to authenticate their identities by entering their resident ID numbers when they used portals or other sites. The policy was set up in an effort to curb malicious comments online that had led, in cases, to people committing suicide.

For full article see Korea Times.

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