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Court orders online mall to compensate 2,400 customers for data leak

All News 10:44 November 01, 2020

SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Yonhap) -- A Seoul court has ordered a major online shopping mall to compensate more than 2,400 customers 100,000 won (US$88) each for a data leak in 2016, legal sources said Sunday.

The Seoul Central District Court handed a partial victory to the customers of Interpark Corp., who had demanded 300,000 won each in compensation for the breach.

The information of more than 10 million customers, including IDs, passwords, mobile phone numbers and addresses, was compromised in May 2016.

"(Interpark) informed the plaintiffs 14 days after it became aware of the personal data leak, causing them to miss the opportunity to swiftly respond," Judge Han Seong-soo said in the ruling.

"There is no evidence to determine additional violations of legal interests," the judge added, explaining the reason for the partial victory.

The Korea Communications Commission, the nation's telecoms watchdog, fined Interpark 4.5 billion won in December 2016 for its failure to protect customer information.

The company filed an administrative suit to have the fine canceled, but the Supreme Court struck it down in March of this year.

This file photo shows an office building used by online shopping mall Interpark Corp. (Yonhap)


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