[ISN] Resident ID system faces overhaul

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140929000954 By Yoon Min-sik heraldcorp.com 2014-09-29 The government hosted Monday a public hearing to gather suggestions on its plan to revise the resident registration number system. The overhaul comes after a series of data breaches raised concerns about the 13-digit numbers that are issued to every Korean citizen at birth, and are commonly used for identification throughout their lives. “The revamping of the resident number aims to enhance protection of private information, so that people no longer have to suffer from data theft,” said an official from the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, which cohosted the gathering with the Korea Research Institute for Local Administration. “(At the hearing) we will find the best way to minimize the social cost and inconvenience to the public.” The resident number contains information such as date and place of birth and gender. Because there is only one number per person, it is often used for identification both online and offline and is a primary target for data theft. […]