South Korea considers opt out for child-monitoring smartphone app

Published: Friday 20th November 2015 by The News Editor

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South Korea is deciding whether to allow parents to opt out of installing a monitoring app on their children’s smartphones.

Korea Communications Commission chairman Choi Sungjoon said parliament was considering the issue.

Under a law enacted in April, mobile phone companies and parents are required to install one of about a dozen apps that filter objectionable material when those 18 and younger buy a smartphone.

But critics say the law legalises surveillance of children and jeopardises privacy.

The commission faced heavy criticism when government-sponsored Smart Sheriff, the most popular of the apps, was revealed to have serious security flaws.

Published: Friday 20th November 2015 by The News Editor

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