02 Jan South Korea Constitutional Court Questions Legality of Packet Interception
Last December 14th, the Constitutional Court of South Korea held open arguments on the constitutionality of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) use of packet interception (internet circuit restrictions).
Packet interception is a method of intercepting data traveling over the internet. Using this method, the NIS will be able to see what a user sees on his or her internet or social media. A minister surnamed Moon argued that “basic Constitutional rights were being violated through the collection of information unrelated to any crimes through packet interception with technological limitations.”
The NIS, however, said that acquiring such information is inevitable with any investigation, citing landline telephone interception as an example. They also assured that the agency is minimizing the collection of data using packet interception by placing strict controls.
Source: Hani KR