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FRAMEWORK ACT ON NATIONAL INFORMATIZATION

Wholly Amended by Act No. 9705, May 22, 2009

Amended by Act No. 10012, Feb. 4, 2010

Act No. 10166, Mar. 22, 2010

Act No. 10629, May 19, 2011

Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013

Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013

Act No. 11849, jun. 4, 2013

Act No. 12844, Nov. 19, 2014

Act No. 13340, jun. 22, 2015

Act No. 14572, Mar. 14, 2017

Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017

Act No. 14905, Oct. 24, 2017

CHAPTER I GENERAL PROVISIONS
 Article 1 (Purpose)
The purpose of this Act is to contribute to the realization of a sustainable knowledge and information based society, and to improve the quality of life for the nation by prescribing matters necessary for the establishment and promotion of the basic direction of national informatization and policies relevant thereto.
 Article 2 (Basic Idea)
The basic idea of this Act is to build a free and open knowledge and information based society in which social and ethical values are harmonized on the basis of human dignity and to ensure its sustainable development through the promotion of national informatization. <Amended by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
 Article 3 (Definitions)
The definitions of terms used in this Act shall be as follows: <Amended by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013>
1. The term "information" means all types of data or knowledge expressed in codes, letters, voice, sound, image, etc. after being processed by optical or electronic means for a specific purpose;
2. The term "informatization" means the making of activities in each sector of society possible, or facilitating the efficiency of such activities, by producing, distributing or utilizing information;
3. The term "national informatization" means either the promotion of informatization by national agencies, local governments or public institutions, or support by such through informatization for the efficient conduct of activities in each sector of society;
4. The term "knowledge and information based society" means a society in which knowledge and information creates value in each and every sector including administration, economy, culture, industry, etc., and guides its development through informatization;
5. The term "information and communications" means collecting, processing, storing, retrieving, transmitting, receiving and utilizing information, and equipment, technology, services related thereto, and other series of activities and means for the purpose of promoting informatization;
6. The term "protection of information" means providing for managerial and technical means to prevent any damage, alteration, leakage, etc. of information which could occur in the process of the collection, processing, storage, retrieval, transmission, or reception thereof (hereinafter referred to as "information protection system");
7. The term "knowledge information resources" means either already digitized data or data deemed necessary to be digitized in respect of art and science, culture, scientific technology, administration, etc. which deserve to be preserved or utilized on a national level;
8. The term "information culture" means the lifestyle of members of society, such as patterns of behavior, sense of values, norms, etc. formed in the course of the utilization of information technology;
9. The term "digital divide" means a situation in which the imbalance in opportunities to access or use information and communication services is created due to social, economic, regional or physical circumstances;
9-2. The term "information communications ethics" means the value criteria to be observed by individuals or members of society in the process of gathering, processing, storing, searching, transmitting, receiving and utilizing information through the use of information and communications technology;
10. The term "public institution" means any of the following institutions:
(a) A public institution under the Act on the Management of Public Institutions;
(b) A local government-invested public corporation or local government public corporation under the Local Public Enterprises Act;
(c) A special corporation established under a special Act;
(d) A school of any level set up under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Higher Education Act, or any other Act;
(e) Any other corporation, agency, or association prescribed by Presidential Decree;
11. The term "information and communications network" means an information and communications system which collects, processes, stores, retrieves, transmits or receives information using either telecommunications facilities and equipment under subparagraph 2 of Article 2 of the Framework Act on Telecommunications, or utilizing telecommunications facilities and equipment, a computer, or a computer-aided technology;
12. The term "information and communications infrastructure" means an information communications network, and information communications equipment, software, database, etc. used as connected thereto;
13. The term "information superhighway" means a high speed and high capacity information communications network capable of transmitting and receiving moving images in real time;
14. The term "broadband integrated service digital network (B-ISDN)" means an information communications network providing a user with high speed and high capacity multi-media services which combine communications, broadcasting and Internet, whenever and wherever the user is;
15. The term "B-ISDN infrastructure" means broadband integrated service digital networks, and information communications equipment, software, database, etc. used as connected thereto;
16. The term "broadband integrated research and development network" means an information and communications network for testing and verifying technology and services related to the B-ISDN and for supporting research and development of such technology and services;
17. The term "information communications service" means the telecommunications service referred to in subparagraph 6 of Article 2 of the Telecommunications Business Act , and providing, or mediating the provision of, information by using such telecommunications services;
18. The term "provider of information communications services" means the telecommunications service provider referred to in subparagraph 8 of Article 2 of the Telecommunications Business Act, and a person who provides, or mediates the provision of, information to make profits by using a telecommunications service provider’s telecommunications services;
19. The term "user" means a person who uses information and communications services provided by a provider of information communications services;
20. The term "Internet addiction" means suffering, by users, of damage in physical, mental or social functions to the extent that it is not easily recoverable in their daily lives, due to excessive use of information communications services provided through information communications networks.
 Article 4 (Basic Principles of National Informatization)
(1) The State and each local government shall establish and implement policies for the promotion of national informatization, taking into account the basic idea under Article 2.
(2) In the course of promoting national informatization, the State and each local government shall endeavor to collect various opinions from all levels of society by such means as the development of a system for cooperation with the private sector.
(3) In the course of promoting national informatization, the State and each local government shall prepare measures, such as protection of information, protection of personal information, and any other measures, to prevent the adverse effects of informatization.
(4) The State and each local government shall be faithful to their own role distinguished from that of the private sector in promoting national informatization and shall respect and support freedom and originality of the private sector. <Amended by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
(5) The State and each local government shall take necessary measures to enable each and every citizen to benefit from national informatization, such as the improvement of convenience and accessibility. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
(6) The State and each local government shall endeavor to raise the financial resources required for the promotion of the policies established.
 Article 5 (Relationship with other Acts)
(1) Efforts shall be made to comply with the purposes and basic idea of this Act in enacting or amending other Acts concerning the promotion of national informatization.
(2) Unless otherwise specifically provided for in other Acts, the promotion of national informatization shall be governed by this Act.
CHAPTER II POLICY ESTABLISHMENT AND PROMOTIONAL SYSTEMS FOR NATIONAL INFORMATIZATION
 Article 6 (Establishment of Basic Plans for National Informatization)
(1) The Government shall establish a basic plan for national informatization (hereinafter referred to as "basic plan") every five years to promote national informatization in an efficient and systematic manner.
(2) The basic plan shall be formulated and finalized by the Minister of Science and ICT, integrating sectional plans of the State and local governments, after deliberation of the Strategic Committee for Information and Communications Technology under Article 7 of the Special Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Technology, Vitalization of Convergence Thereof, Etc. (hereinafter referred to as “Strategic Committee”). <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(3) The basic plan shall include the following: <Amended by Act No. 10629, May 19, 2011; Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013; Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
1. Basic direction and mid-to-long term development direction of national informatization policies;
2. Informatization of public sectors, such as administration, public health, social welfare, education, culture, environment, science and technology, and disaster management;
3. Community informatization under Article 16;
4. Support for informatization of private sectors, such as industry and finance;
5. Protection of information, and creation and advancement of national informatization infrastructure, for each sector pertaining to the matters under subparagraphs 2 through 4;
6. Creation and promotion of information culture and closing of digital divide;
7. Protection of personal information, establishment of sound information communications ethics, protection of rights and interests of users, and protection of intellectual property rights;
8. Joint utilization and standardization of information;
9. Improvement of statutes and systems relating to national informatization;
10. Facilitation of international cooperation relating to national informatization;
11. Raising and management of financial resources required for national informatization;
12. Other matters necessary to promote national informatization.
(4) The Minister of Science and ICT may establish, and notify to relevant agencies, guidelines for preparing sectional plans of the State and local governments. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(5) The heads of central administrative agencies (which shall include agencies established under the President and those established under the Prime Minister; hereinafter the same shall apply) and the heads of local governments shall take into consideration, with priority, the matters specified in each subparagraph of paragraph (3) in establishing and implementing major policies which fall within their jurisdiction.
(6) The Minister of Science and ICT shall examine and analyze the performance of promoting major policies described in the basic plan every year and shall report the result thereof to the Strategic Committee. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
 Article 7 (Formulation of Implementation Plans for National Informatization)
(1) The heads of central administrative agencies and the heads of local governments shall formulate and execute an implementation plan for national informatization (hereinafter referred to as "implementation plan") every year in accordance with the basic plan.
(2) The heads of central administrative agencies and the heads of local governments shall submit a performance report on the implementation plan for the previous year and an implementation plan for the following year to the Minister of Science and ICT. In such cases, the Minister of the Interior and Safety shall integrate the performance report on the implementation plan for the previous year and an implementation plan for the following year of the each local government, and submit it to the Minister of Science and ICT. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(3) When modifying important matters prescribed by Presidential Decree in an implementation plan submitted pursuant to paragraph (2), the heads of central administrative agencies and the heads of local governments shall submit the details thereof to the Minister of Science and ICT. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(4) The Minister of Science and ICT shall check and analyze the performance report and implementation plan submitted pursuant to paragraph (2) and the implementation plan submitted pursuant to paragraph (3), and present his/her opinion to the Minister of Strategy and Finance. In such cases, he/she shall hear the opinion of the Minister of the Interior and Safety when checking and analyzing the matters submitted by each local government. <Amended by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(5) The Minister of Strategy and Finance shall consider the opinion of the Minister of Science and ICT under paragraph (4) when planning a budget for the implementation plan. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(6) Matters necessary for the formulation, execution, etc. of the implementation plan shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 8 (Adjustment of National Informatization Policies, etc.)
(1) When the head of a central administrative agency or a local government deems that national informatization polices and projects carried out by the head of any other central administrative agency or local government are likely to impede the implementation of national informatization polices and projects under the former''s control, the head of a central administrative agency or a local government may make a request for an adjustment thereof to the Minister of Science and ICT. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(2) Upon receiving a request for adjustment referred to in paragraph (1), the Minister of Science and ICT shall review it and notify the head of the relevant central administrative agency or local government of the result of such adjustment. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(3) The head of the relevant central administrative agency or local government shall reflect the result of adjustment noticed under paragraph (2) in the implementation of the relevant national informatization policies and projects unless exceptional circumstances exist to the contrary.
(4) Necessary matters for the procedures, methods, etc. of adjustment shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Articles 9 and 10 Deleted. <by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013>
 Article 11 (Official Responsible for Informatization)
(1) The head of a national agency or a local government shall appoint an official responsible for exercising overall control over the efficient formulation and implementation of national informatization policies and coordination, etc. of national informatization projects for the relevant agency (hereinafter referred to as "official responsible for informatization). <Amended by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
(2) Any official responsible for informatization shall take charge of the following in respect to the affairs of the relevant agency: <Amended by Act No. 10012, Feb. 4, 2010; Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013; Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
1. Overall coordination of, support for, and evaluation of national informatization policies and projects;
2. Integration and coordination of national informatization polices with any other policies, plans, etc. of the agency;
3. Support for administrative work using information technology;
4. Overall coordination in the collection, distribution, use, etc. of information resources, systematic management thereof, and formulation of plans for joint utilization of information;
5. Advancement of information culture and narrowing of digital divide;
5-2. Establishment of sound information communications ethics;
6. Introduction and utilization of an information technology architecture pursuant to subparagraph 12 of Article 2 of the Electronic Government Act (hereinafter referred to as "information technology architecture");
7. Education on informatization;
8. Other matters prescribed as the duties of an official responsible for informatization in other statutes.
(3) Where the head of a national agency or a local government appoints an official responsible for informatization pursuant to paragraph (1), he/she shall notify it to the chairperson of the Consultative Council under Article 12 (3). The same shall apply to the cases where an official responsible for informatization is replaced. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
 Article 12 (Consultative Council of Officials Responsible for Informatization)
(1) A central administrative agency and a local government may organize and operate a Consultative Council of Officials Responsible for Informatization (hereafter referred to as "Consultative Council" in this Article) comprised of officials responsible for informatization appointed under Article 11 for the efficient promotion of informatization, exchange of necessary information, and consultation, etc. over relevant policies.
(2) The Consultative Council shall consult on the following: <Amended by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013; Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
1. Matters pertaining to the establishment and implementation of polices on electronic government;
2. Matters pertaining to the common use of administrative information;
3. Matters pertaining to an information technology architecture;
4. Matters pertaining to the systematic management and standardization of information resources;
5. Matters pertaining to the promotion of electronic government projects and community informatization projects, which involve various national agencies, local governments and public institutions (hereinafter referred to as "national agencies, etc.");
6. Matters pertaining to the advancement of information culture, narrowing of the digital divide, and prevention and elimination of Internet addiction;
7. Matters pertaining to the use of the Internet address resources under subparagraph 2 of Article 2 of the Internet Address Resources Act;
8. Other matters deemed necessary by the chairperson.
(3) The Consultative Council shall be co-chaired by the Minister of Science and ICT and the Minister of the Interior and Safety: Provided, That the official responsible for informatization of a relevant agency may be added as its member, if the chairperson deems it necessary to do so. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 12844, Nov. 19, 2014; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(4) In addition to the matters provided for in paragraphs (1) through (3), matters necessary for the operation of the Consultative Council shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 13 (Reflection, etc. of Informatization Plans)
(1) The head of a central administrative agency or a local government intending to carry out an infrastructure project referred to in Article 2 of the Act on Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure, which is the projects that accompanies informatization projects or a regional development project referred to in Article 2 of the Regional Development Assistance Act shall formulate an informatization plan for the utilization of information technology and the integrated use, etc. of information communications infrastructure and services, and shall reflect such informatization plan in formulating and implementing the relevant project plan: Provided, That this shall not apply to a project which uses information technology modestly, and which meets the standards prescribed by Presidential Decree in terms of the characteristics of informatization projects and the size, etc., thereof. <Amended Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013; Act No. 14572, Mar. 14, 2017>
(2) Where the head of a central administrative agency or a local government intends to formulate the informatization plan referred to in paragraph (1), he/she shall examine the following and submit the details thereof to the Minister of Science and ICT. In such case, the Minister of Science and ICT may examine such request and present his/her opinions, and the head of a central administrative agency or a local government in receipt of such opinions shall follow them in the absence of good cause to the contrary: <Newly Inserted by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013; Act No. 14572, Mar. 14, 2017; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
1. Whether the plan overlaps with the information system referred to in subparagraph 13 of Article 2 of the Electronic Government Act (hereinafter referred to as "information system") that has already been established in a relevant central administrative agency, local government or other administrative agencies;
2. Whether the integrated or common use of the information system, already established in a relevant central administrative agency, local government, or other administrative agencies, is available.
(3) Where the head of a central administrative agency or the head of a local government deems the integrated or common use of the information system already established in other administrative agencies to be necessary, upon the examination referred to in paragraph (2), he/she may consult with the Minister of Science and ICT in order to prevent any redundant investment. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(4) The Minister of Science and ICT may provide necessary support, such as technology and human resources, to enable a central administrative agency and a local government to effectively formulate the informatization plan referred to in paragraph (1), or determine and publicly notify guidelines regarding the formulation and implementation of the informatization plan. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013; Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(5) The head of a central administrative agency and the head of a local government may operate a specialized project management support system consisting of relevant experts in order to appropriately reflect and implement the informatization plan. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
 Article 14 (Establishment, etc. of National Information Society Agency)
(1) The Minister of Science and ICT and the Minister of the Interior and Safety shall establish the National Information Society Agency (hereinafter referred to as the "Information Society Agency") to support the development of policies for promoting national informatization of national agencies, etc., the creation of sound information culture and the narrowing, etc. of the digital divide. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 12844, Nov. 19, 2014; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(2) The Information Society Agency shall be a juristic person.
(3) The Information Society Agency shall carry out the following projects: <Amended by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013; Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
1. Specialized technical support required for the formulation and implementation of basic plans and implementation plans;
2. Support for the management and operation of an information communications network by national agencies, etc.;
3. Support for the construction, operation and standardization of a system for the efficient distribution and common use of essential information held by national agencies, etc.;
4. Support for the management of information resources by national agencies, etc.;
5. Support for the promotion and evaluation of informatization projects by national agencies, etc.;
6. Facilitation of the use of new information communications technology by national agencies, etc., and specialized technical support;
7. Support for the advancement of information culture and status survey, prevention, and treatment of Internet addiction;
8. Support for narrowing the digital divide;
9. Education and public relations for establishing a sound information culture and narrowing the digital divide;
10. Trend analysis, future forecast, survey and research of laws and institutions for supporting the development of policies related to national informatization, information culture and narrowing of the digital divide;
11. International cooperation and public relations related to national informatization, information culture and narrowing of the digital divide;
12. Support for establishing and facilitating broadband integrated service digital networks;
13. Projects prescribed as the affairs of the Information Society Agency, or those entrusted to the Information Society Agency under other statutes;
14. Other projects entrusted by the heads of national agencies, etc.
(4) National agencies, etc. may make contributions to the Information Society Agency to help cover the expenses to be incurred in its establishment, facilities, and operation and the promotion, etc. of projects undertaken by the Information Society Agency, and the Government may gratuitously lend necessary state-owned property to the Information Society Agency for its establishment, operation, etc.
(5) The Information Society Agency may have national agencies, etc. which intend to receive support from the Agency bear all or part of the expenses incurred for such support.
(6) The provisions governing incorporated foundations in the Civil Act shall apply mutatis mutandis to the Information Society Agency, except those provided for in this Act and the Act on the Management of Public Institutions.
(7) No person other than the Information Society Agency may use the name of the National Information Society Agency.
(8) In addition to the matters provided for in paragraphs (1) through (7), other necessary matters for the establishment and operation of the Information Society Agency shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
CHAPTER III PROMOTION OF NATIONAL INFORMATIZATION
SECTION 1 Promotion of Informatization by Sector
 Article 15 (Promotion of Public Informatization)
(1) National agencies, etc. shall promote the informatization of the affairs under their jurisdiction, such as administration, public health, social welfare, education, culture, environment, science and technology, disaster management, etc. to raise the efficiency of administrative affairs and promote the benefit of the public. <Amended by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
(2) National agencies, etc. shall prepare necessary measures, such as the introduction and use of an information technology architecture, for the purpose of efficiently promoting informatization under paragraph (1) (hereinafter referred to as "public informatization").
(3) National agencies, etc. shall actively remove or reduce unnecessary regulations to ensure active utilization of the information and communications fusion technology under Article 2 (1) 2 of the Special Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Technology, Vitalization of Convergence Thereof, Etc. for the purpose of efficiently promoting public informatization. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
 Article 16 (Promotion of Community Informatization)
(1) A national agency or a local government may promote informatization in the fields of administration, daily life, industry, etc, in one or several regions or cities for the purpose of improving the quality of community life, ensuring balanced development between communities and narrowing the digital divide.
(2) A national agency or a local government shall consider the demand and characteristics associated with each community, collect opinions of relevant agencies and reflect the result thereof to the maximum extent possible in promoting the informatization under paragraph (1) (hereinafter referred to as "community informatization").
(3) A national agency may provide support for necessary matters, such as administration, finance, technology, etc. for community informatization promoted by a local government.
 Article 17 (Support for Informatization of Private Sectors)
The Government may support necessary matters for the informatization of private sectors, such as the informatization of an enterprise or the construction, use, etc. of information communications infrastructure, for the purpose of raising the productivity of private sectors, such as industry, finance, etc. and creating added value.
 Article 18 (Sharing and Distribution of Knowledge and Information)
National agencies, etc. shall establish the necessary infrastructure to enable the sharing and distribution of the various knowledge and information created through the promotion of national informatization among all sectors of society.
 Article 19 (Cooperation with Private Organizations, etc.)
(1) National agencies, etc. may actively attract private investment and provide the private business operators and the association of private business operators concerned with necessary support in promoting public informatization.
(2) National agencies, etc. may organize a consultative council together with private organizations, etc. and operate such, as prescribed by Presidential Decree, to promote public informatization.
 Article 20 (Revitalization of Use, etc. of Information Communications Application Services)
The Government shall establish policies necessary to revitalize the use of application services which utilize an information communications network, such as the Internet, remote information communications services, electronic transactions, etc., and to facilitate the development of quality content.
 Article 21 (Promotion of Standardization)
The Government shall promote standardization for the purpose of efficiently promoting national informatization, facilitating the common use of information, and ensuring the efficient operation and interoperability of information communications.
 Article 22 (Interlock, etc. of Information Communications Networks)
(1) The Government shall establish policies necessary to interlink information communications networks respectively built by national agencies and local governments to facilitate the efficient operation of such networks and the common use of information.
(2) When a national agency or a local government intends to build and operate an information communications network, it shall preferentially prepare a plan to jointly utilize the information communications network of any other agency.
 Article 23 (Connection to Sectors Related to National Informatization)
(1) The Government shall prepare necessary measures for creating the infrastructure of the information and communications industry.
(2) The Government shall prepare necessary measures for building an information communications infrastructure in the early stages and revitalizing the use of the said infrastructure by each sector of society.
 Article 23-2 (Implementation of and Support, etc. for Informatization-Leading Projects)
(1) The government shall actively implement a project combining scientific technology and information and communications technology (hereinafter referred to as “informatization-leading project”) in each sector of the society.
(2) The government may provide necessary support, such as administrative, financial and technological support, for the efficient implementation of informatization-leading projects.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015]
 Article 23-3 (Facilitation of Establishment and Operation of Data Center)
(1) The government may establish and implement policies for facilitating establishment and operation of data centers for stable operation and efficient provision, etc. of facilities that integrate multiple information and communications infrastructure in a certain space and operate and manage them on a combined basis (hereinafter referred to as “data center”), for the provision of information and communications services.
(2) The Minister of Science and ICT may establish and implement policies for facilitating establishment and operation of private data centers and provide necessary support. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(3) The Minister of the Interior and Safety may establish and implement policies for facilitating establishment and operation of data centers in the government and the public sector and provide support necessary for enhancing the stability and credibility, etc. of information and communications services of public institutions using private data centers. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(4) Matters necessary for the establishment and implementation of the policies and the subjects, methods, etc. of the support under paragraphs (1) through (3) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015]
 Article 24 (International Cooperation)
(1) The Government shall stay closely informed of international trends on national informatization and promote international cooperation.
(2) The Government may perform the following activities to promote international cooperation on national informatization: <Amended by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013>
1. Support for international exchange of technology and human resources related to national informatization;
2. Support for international standardization, international joint research and development projects, etc.;
3. Cooperation with international organizations and foreign governments regarding national informatization;
4. International evaluation relating to national informatization;
5. Support for international cooperation in private sectors related to national informatization;
6. International cooperation relating to the advancement of information culture, narrowing of the digital divide and the prevention and elimination of Internet addiction;
7. Other matters prescribed by Presidential Decree concerning international cooperation.
SECTION 2 Management and Utilization of Knowledge Information Resources
 Article 25 (Management, etc. of Knowledge Information Resources)
(1) Each national agency and local government shall manage knowledge information resources efficiently.
(2) For the purpose of facilitating the efficient collection, development, utilization, distribution, etc. of knowledge information resources, the Minister of Science and ICT shall establish and implement a mid-to-long term knowledge information resources management and development plan including the following, after consultation with the Minister of the Interior and Safety and the heads of relevant agencies, as prescribed by Presidential Decree: <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 12844, Nov. 19, 2014; Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
1. Basic direction-setting for the management of knowledge information resources;
2. Management and utilization of knowledge information resources;
3. Standardization and common use of knowledge information resources;
4. Building a distribution system for knowledge information resources;
5. Evaluation of the management of knowledge information resources;
6. Securing financial resources for the management of knowledge information resources;
7. Other matters necessary for the efficient collection, development, utilization, etc. of knowledge information resources.
(3) The heads of central administrative agencies and local governments shall establish appropriate policies to efficiently manage knowledge information resources under their jurisdiction and facilitate the utilization thereof, and the Minister of Science and ICT shall prepare measures to efficiently support the relevant agencies in carrying out the established policies. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
 Article 26 (Standardization of Knowledge Information Resources)
(1) The Minister of Science and ICT shall promote standardization related to the following matters to ensure the development and utilization of knowledge information resources, and the efficient management thereof: Provided, That if relevant standards exist in such other Acts as the Industrial Standardization Act, etc., such standards shall be complied with: <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
1. Collection, preservation and transmission of knowledge information resources;
2. Common utilization of knowledge information resources;
3. Other matters necessary for the development and utilization of knowledge information resources and the efficient management thereof.
(2) Matters concerning the standardization of knowledge information resources shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 27 (Designation and Utilization of Important Knowledge Information Resources)
(1) The Minister of Science and ICT may designate knowledge information resources which are highly worthy of preservation and use and thus require special management, after consultation with the Minister of the Interior and Safety and the heads of relevant agencies. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 12844, Nov. 19, 2014; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(2) The heads of relevant central administrative agencies and local governments shall prepare, and notify to the Minister of Science and ICT a plan for promoting the digitization of knowledge information resources designated pursuant to paragraph (1) (hereinafter referred to as "important knowledge information resources") and a plan, etc. for the distribution and standardization of such important knowledge information resources. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(3) Any person wishing to make use of important knowledge information resources may request the head of the institution holding such resources to provide important knowledge information resources. In such cases, the associated costs may be borne by the person who has made such a request.
(4) Matters concerning the designation standards and procedures, management, distribution, provision methods, etc. of important knowledge information resources shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 28 (Designation of Specialized Institutions)
(1) The Minister of Science and ICT and the Minister of the Interior and Safety may designate a specialized institution for efficiently carrying out the management, distribution, utilization and standardization of knowledge information resources, or any project for the designation, management, etc. of important knowledge information resources, and may make contributions to the specialized institution for the execution of its affairs, within budgetary limits. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 12844, Nov. 19, 2014; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(2) Matters concerning the designation and operation of a specialized institution shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
CHAPTER IV PREVENTION OF ADVERSE EFFECTS OF NATIONAL INFORMATIZATION
SECTION 1 Ensuring Soundness and Universality in the Use of Information and Preventing and Elimination of Internet Addiction
 Article 29 (Advancement of Information Culture)
(1) National agencies and local governments shall prepare measures for the advancement and spread of information culture which contain the following matters so that all the people of the nation can share in the benefits of national informatization:
1. Education on information culture and training of human resources relevant thereto;
2. Public relations for the advancement of information culture;
3. Development and dissemination of educational content on information culture;
4. Support for associations conducting projects or activities for the advancement of information culture;
5. Matters concerning a system for revitalizing the enjoyment and exchange of information culture, and the creation of the infrastructure therefor;
6. Other matters necessary for the advancement of information culture.
(2) The Minister of Science and ICT shall endeavor to ensure that educational content on information culture is included in the curriculum determined by the Minister of Education pursuant to Article 13 of the Early Childhood Education Act and Article 23 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, following consultation with the heads of relevant central administrative agencies. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
 Article 30 (Formulation, etc. of Plans for Prevention and Elimination of Internet Addiction)
(1) The Minister of Science and ICT shall formulate a comprehensive plan for the prevention and elimination of Internet addiction (hereinafter referred to as "comprehensive plan") every three years, after consultation with the heads of relevant central administrative agencies. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(2) The Minister of Science and ICT and the heads of relevant central administrative agencies shall formulate and execute an implementation plan for preventing and eliminating Internet addiction (hereinafter referred to as "implementation plan") each year in accordance with the comprehensive plan. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(3) Matters necessary for formulating and executing the comprehensive plan and the implementation plan shall be determined by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013] .
 Article 30-2 (Cooperation for Formulation of Plans Relating to Internet Addiction)
(1) Where deemed necessary for formulating the comprehensive plan or the implementation plan, the Minister of Science and ICT and the heads of relevant central administrative agencies may request cooperation, including submission of necessary data, from the heads of relevant administrative agencies, public agencies and organizations. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(2) A person who has received a request for cooperation under paragraph (1) shall comply therewith unless he/she has a compelling reason not to do so.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013]
 Articles 30-3 through 30-5 Deleted. <by Act No. 14905, Oct. 24, 2017>
 Article 30-6 (Internet Addiction Response Center)
(1) The State or a local government may establish and operate an Internet addiction response center (hereinafter referred to as "response center") in order to prevent and eliminate Internet addiction.
(2) A response center shall carry out the following:
1. Counseling and treatment for Internet addicts;
2. Education and public relations concerning the prevention and elimination of Internet addiction;
3. Other projects necessary for preventing and eliminating Internet addiction.
(3) Other matters necessary for establishing and operating a response center shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013]
 Article 30-7 (Nurturing of Professional Manpower relating to Internet Addiction)
The Minister of Science and ICT may implement policies necessary for nurturing professional manpower relating to the prevention and elimination of Internet addiction, after consultation with the heads of relevant central administrative agencies. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013]
 Article 30-8 (Education on Internet Addiction)
(1) National agencies and local governments may conduct education necessary for preventing and eliminating Internet addiction.
(2) The head of any of the following institutions shall conduct education for preventing and eliminating Internet addiction:
1. A kindergarten under subparagraph 2 of Article 2 of the Early Childhood Education Act;
2. A school under each subparagraph of Article 2 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act;
3. A school referred to in each subparagraph of Article 2 of the Higher Education Act;
4. Other public agencies prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(3) National agencies and local governments may provide financial or administrative support necessary for the education referred to in paragraph (2).
(4) Matters concerning the details and methods of education referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013]
 Article 31 (Establishment of Polices for Narrowing Digital Divide)
National agencies and local governments shall establish policies necessary to enable the practical enjoyment by all members of society of the basic right to efficient access to information and its beneficial use.
 Article 32 (Guaranteeing Access to and Use of Information by Persons with Disabilities, Aged Persons, etc.)
(1) National agencies, etc. shall guarantee accessibility in providing information or services through the Internet so that persons with disabilities, aged persons, etc. may easily use a website.
(2) Providers of information communications services shall endeavor to improve access by persons with disabilities, aged persons, etc. and user convenience when providing such services. <Amended by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013>
(3) In designing, manufacturing and fabricating information communications appliances and software (hereinafter referred to as "information communications products"), information communications-related manufacturers shall endeavor to ensure that persons with disabilities, aged persons, etc. can easily access and use the said appliances and software.
(4) In purchasing information communications products, national agencies, etc. shall endeavor to preferentially purchase information communications products which guarantee access to information by persons with disabilities, aged persons, etc. and the related user convenience.
(5) The Minister of Science and ICT shall determine and publicly announce the types, guidelines, etc. of information communications services, information communications products, etc. for the purpose of improving access to information by persons with disabilities, aged persons, etc. and the related user convenience. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
 Article 32-2 (Web Accessibility Quality Certification, etc.)
(1) The Minister of Science and ICT may designate a certification institution that shall carry out web accessibility quality certification for information communications services provided through Web sites (hereinafter referred to as "Web accessibility quality certification") in order to improve access to information by persons with disabilities, aged persons, etc. and user convenience. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(2) A person desiring to be designated as a certification institution under paragraph (1) shall file an application for the designation as a certification institution with the Minister of Science and ICT. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(3) A person desiring to obtain Web accessibility quality certification shall file an application for certification with a certification institution designated pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2).
(4) The criteria for the designation of a certification institution referred to in paragraphs (1) through (3), the criteria, procedures, methods, effective period and imposition of fees for certification, and other necessary matters for operation of the Web accessibility quality certification system shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013]
 Article 32-3 (Revocation, etc. of Designation as Certification Institution)
(1) Where an institution designated as a certification institution pursuant to Article 32-2 (1) falls under any of the following, the Minister of Science and ICT may revoke such designation or order suspension of all or part of relevant business for a period not exceeding one year: Provided, That in cases of subparagraphs 1 or 2, such designation shall be revoked: <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
1. Where the institution has obtained designation as a certification institution by fraud or other improper means;
2. Where the institution has carried out certification business during a business suspension period;
3. Where the institution has failed to carry out certification business without good cause;
4. Where the institution no longer meets the criteria for the designation as certification institutions referred to in Article 32-2 (4);
5. Where the institution has granted certification in violation of the criteria or procedures for certification referred to in Article 32-2 (4).
(2) Necessary matters for the revocation of designation, business suspension, etc. referred to in paragraph (1) shall be determined by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013]
 Article 32-4 (Indication, etc. of Web Accessibility Quality Certification)
(1) A person who has obtained Web accessibility quality certification may indicate the details of Web accessibility quality certification or publicize the fact that he/she has obtained web accessibility quality certification, in providing relevant information communications services, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(2) Any person who has not obtained Web accessibility quality certification pursuant to Article 32-2 shall not indicate Web accessibility quality certification under paragraph (1) or other similar marks, or publicize as if he/she had obtained Web accessibility quality certification.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013]
 Article 32-5 (Revocation of Web Accessibility Quality Certification)
Where a person who has obtained web accessibility quality certification falls under any of the following, the head of a certification institution may revoke such Web accessibility quality certification: Provided, That in cases falling under subparagraph 1, such certification shall be revoked:
1. Where he/she has obtained Web accessibility quality certification by fraud or other improper means;
2. Where he/she has failed to comply with the criteria for Web accessibility quality certification referred to in Article 32-2 (4);
3. Where a domain name, etc. has been cancelled or transferred pursuant to Article 12 or 18-2 of the Internet Address Resources Act.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013]
 Article 33 (Development of Technology Related to Narrowing of Digital Divide and Support for its Distribution)
(1) National agencies and local governments shall establish policies necessary to develop relevant technology for improving access to information and the user environment for persons with disabilities, aged persons, etc., and the Minister of Science and ICT may support the development of the relevant technology. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(2) National agencies and local governments may render financial and technical support to the following business operators:
1. A business operator who develops and produces information communications products for improving access to information by persons with disabilities, aged persons, etc. and the related user environment;
2. A business operator who provides content for persons with disabilities, aged persons, farmers, fishermen, or low-income earners;
3. A business operator who develops and distributes relevant technology under paragraph (1).
(3) Matters concerning the selection of persons subject to support under paragraph (2), and the methods, procedures, etc. for support shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 34 (Support of Information Communications Products)
National agencies and local governments may provide any of the following persons with information communications products with or without compensation, as prescribed by Presidential Decree:
2. Persons eligible for assistance under subparagraph 1 of Article 2 of the National Basic Living Security Act;
3. Any other persons prescribed by Presidential Decree who have difficulty using information due to economic, regional, physical or social constraints.
 Article 35 (Conducting of Education for Narrowing Digital Divide)
(1) National agencies and local governments shall conduct education necessary for narrowing the digital divide (hereinafter referred to in this Article as "education for narrowing the digital divide").
(2) National agencies and local governments may bear all or part of the costs required for conducting education for narrowing the digital divide for any of the following persons:
1. Persons with disabilities under Article 2 of the Act on Welfare of Persons with Disabilities, as prescribed by Presidential Decree;
2. Recipients of assistance under subparagraph 2 of Article 2 of the National Basic Living Security Act;
3. Residents escaping from North Korea under subparagraph 1 of Article 2 of North Korean Refugees Protection and Settlement Support Act;
4. Any other persons prescribed by Presidential Decree for whom education for narrowing the digital divide needs to be conducted at the expense of the State.
(3) The Government may provide the necessary human resources, such as social service personnel under Article 2 of the Military Service Act, for education for narrowing the digital divide or the management of facilities necessary for education for narrowing the digital divide. <Amended by Act No. 11849, Jun. 4, 2013>
(4) The targets and types of education for narrowing the digital divide shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 36 (Raising Financial Resources)
(1) National agencies and local governments shall endeavor to secure financial resources necessary for implementing the following policies: <Amended by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013>
1. Advancement of information culture;
2. Narrowing of the digital divide;
3. Prevention and elimination of Internet addiction;
4. Establishment of sound information communications ethics.
(2) National agencies and local governments may subsidize relevant projects with the State or local government's budget so as to implement policies concerning the matters prescribed in each subparagraph of paragraph (1). <Amended by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013>
SECTION 2 Guaranteeing Safety and Reliability in the Use of Information
 Article 37 (Establishment of Policies on Protection of Information)
(1) National agencies and local governments shall establish policies on the protection of information to ensure the safe distribution of information throughout the entire course of information processing.
(2) The Government may prepare measures capable of aiding the development and use of encoding technologies, and contributing to the safety of information communications services that use encoding technologies.
 Article 38 (Publication, etc. of Standards for Information Protection System)
(1) The Minister of Science and ICT may establish and publish standards concerning the performance and reliability of information protection systems following consultation with the heads of relevant agencies and may advise persons who manufacture or import such information protection systems to comply with the said standards. <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(2) The Minister of Science and ICT may advise the supplementation of an information protection system and other necessary measures if any information protection under distribution fails to meet the standards under paragraph (1). <Amended by Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(3) Procedures for setting the standards under paragraph (1), matters concerning an advisory instruction under paragraph (2) and any other necessary matters shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
 Article 39 (Establishment of Policies on Protection of Personal Information)
In carrying out national informatization, national agencies and local governments shall establish policies on the protection of personal information in order to guarantee human dignity and value.
 Article 40 (Establishment of Sound Information Communications Ethics)
National agencies and local governments shall establish policies, including the following matters, for preventing the distribution of unwholesome information detrimental to good public morals, fostering sound national sentiment and protecting citizens from unwholesome information so as to establish wholesome information communications ethics: <Amended by Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013>
1. Education, nurturing of professional manpower and public relations for the establishment of information communications ethics;
2. Development and distribution of education contents for information communications ethics;
3. Research and development relating to information communications ethics;
4. Support for organizations relating to information communications ethics;
5. Preparation, etc. of systems for creating an environment for the sound use of information.
 Article 41 (Protection, etc. of Rights and Interests of Users)
(1) National agencies and local governments shall establish the following policies to protect the rights and interests of users when carrying out national informatization:
1. Public relations, education and research for the protection of the rights and interests of users;
2. Support and promotion of organizational activities for the protection of the rights and interests of users;
3. Prevention of harm to users'' honor, life, body and property;
4. Rapid and fair remedial measures for complaints raised and damage incurred by users;
5. Other matters concerning the protection of users.
(2) A provider of information communications services shall prepare measures necessary for protecting its users when providing information communications services.
 Article 42 (Protection of Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Rights)
(1) In promoting national informatization, national agencies, etc. shall establish policies necessary to ensure reasonable protection of intellectual property rights under subparagraph 3 of Article 3 of the Framework Act on Intellectual Property. <Amended by Act No. 10629, May 19, 2011; Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
(2) In promoting national informatization, no national agencies, etc., shall infringe upon any rights or interests of a provider of information communications services, etc., which arise from the intellectual property defined in subparagraph 1 of Article 3 of the Framework Act on Intellectual Property. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
(3) Any person whose rights or interests are, or are likely to be, infringed upon due to the violation of paragraph (2) may file a petition with the Working Committee for Promotion of Vitalization of Information and Communications Technology under Article 9 (1) of the Special Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Technology, Vitalization of Convergence Thereof, Etc. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
(4) Matters necessary for the acceptance, handling, etc. of the petition under paragraph (3) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
CHAPTER V ENHANCEMENT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
 Article 43 (Designation, etc. of Dedicated Institutions)
(1) The Minister of Science and ICT may designate an institution to be exclusively in charge of such affairs as public relations, international cooperation, development of technology, etc. (hereinafter referred to as "dedicated institution") for each sector, where necessary to efficiently build and promote the use of broadband integrated service digital networks. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(2) The Government may make a contribution or loan funds to a dedicated institution that are required to carry out affairs related to building and promoting the use of broadband integrated service digital networks.
(3) A dedicated institution shall manage the funds under paragraph (2) separately.
(4) Matters necessary for the designation, operation, etc. of a dedicated institution shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015]
 Article 44 (Management, etc. of National Information Super-Highway)
(1) The Minister of Science and ICT may establish and manage the information communications super-highway (hereinafter referred to as the "national information super-highway") used by non-profit organizations prescribed by Presidential Decree (hereinafter referred to as "non-profit organizations, etc.") at the nation’s expense, or entrust a dedicated institution designated under Article 43 with its establishment and management. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(2) The Minister of Science and ICT shall devise measures necessary to enable non-profit organizations, etc. to use the national information super-highway at a minimum cost. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(3) Matters necessary for the establishment and management of the national information super-highway shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015]
 Article 45 (Establishment, Management, etc. of Broadband Integrated Research and Development Network)
(1) The Minister of Science and ICT may establish, manage and operate a broadband integrated research and development network at the nation’s expense, or entrust a dedicated institution designated under Article 43 with its establishment, management and operation for the purpose of facilitating the establishment of a broadband integrated service digital network. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(2) The Minister of Science and ICT shall devise measures necessary for quality control of the broadband integrated service digital network. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015]
 Article 46 (Cooperation, etc. for Expansion of Broadband Integrated Service Digital Networks)
(1) The Government shall devise policies necessary for the efficient expansion and management of such facilities as conduits, common utility ducts, electrical poles, etc. (hereinafter referred to as "conduits, etc.") to ensure smooth expansion of broadband integrated service digital networks.
(2) Key communications business entities under Article 6 of the Telecommunications Business Act, CATV broadcasting business entities and CATV relay broadcasting business entities under Article 2 of the Broadcasting Act (hereinafter referred to as "key communications business entities, etc.") may request the construction or lease of conduits, etc. necessary for the installation of telecommunications cable facilities (including signal transmission and line facilities under Article 80 of the Broadcasting Act) from the heads of agencies in charge of construction, operation and management of roads, railroads, subways, waterworks and sewerage, electrical facilities, telecommunications circuit facilities, etc. on the condition that key communications business entities, etc. bear the associated costs.
(3) Key communications business entities, etc. may request mediation from the Minister of Science and ICT where they fail to reach an agreement with the agencies under paragraph (2) on the construction or lease of conduits, etc. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(4) Upon receipt of a request for mediation referred to in paragraph (3), the Minister of Science and ICT shall pre-consult with the heads of relevant central administrative agencies. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(5) Matters necessary for the request for construction or lease, and the agreement and mediation, under paragraphs (2) through (4) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015]
 Article 47 (Use of Internet Address Resources)
When national agencies, etc. newly establish information and communications infrastructure and websites, or re-establish information and communications infrastructure and websites already in place and operation, using the Internet address referred to in subparagraph 1 of Article 2 of the Internet Address Resources Act, they shall endeavor to use the Internet address lengthened to 128 bits.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015]
CHAPTER VI SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS
 Article 48 (Annual Reports, etc.)
(1) The Government shall submit a report on the trends and polices of national informatization to the National Assembly every year prior to the opening of a regular session of the National Assembly.
(2) The Minister of Science and ICT shall conduct a fact-finding survey on the following, compile the outcomes thereof, and include them in the report under paragraph (1): <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
1. Status of implementation of informatization-leading projects;
2. Status of management of knowledge information resources;
3. Status of implementation of policies on information culture;
4. Status of digital divide and efforts to narrow such digital divide;
5. Status of Internet addiction and measures taken;
6. Other matters prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(3) Matters necessary for the fact-finding surveys under paragraph (2) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015]
 Article 49 (Indicator Surveys)
The Minister of Science and ICT shall survey, develop and distribute indicators on the informatization of each sector of society. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015]
 Article 50 (Request for Submission of Materials)
The Minister of Science and ICT may request submission of materials from national agencies, etc., where necessary for the following: <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
1. Support for the establishment and modification of basic plans under Article 6;
2. Support for the deliberation and adjustment of implementation plans under Articles 7 and 8;
3. International cooperation under Article 24;
4. Management of important knowledge information resources under Article 27;
5. Annual reports under Article 48.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015]
 Article 51 (Delegation and Entrustment of Authority)
(1) Part of the authority of the Minister of Science and ICT and the Minister of the Interior and Safety may be delegated to the heads of agencies under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science and ICT or the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, or to the heads of local governments, or may be entrusted to the heads of other administrative agencies, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
(2) The Minister of Science and ICT may entrust authority for the following to the Information Society Agency, as prescribed by Presidential Decree: <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
1. Operation of a specialized business management support system under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science and ICT referred to in Article 13 (5);
2. Implementation of and support for informatization-leading projects referred to in Article 23-2;
3. Deleted; <by Act No. 14905, Oct. 24, 2017>
4. Acceptance of applications for designation as a certification institution referred to in Article 32-2 (2).
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015]
 Article 52 (Administrative Fines)
(1) Any person in violation of Article 14 (7) shall be subject to an administrative fine of up to five million won.
(2) Any person in violation of Article 32-4 (2) shall be subject to an administrative fine of up to three million won. <Amended by Act No. 14905, Oct. 24, 2017>
(3) Administrative fines under paragraphs (1) and (2) shall be imposed and collected by the Minister of Science and ICT. <Amended by Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015]
ADDENDA
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force three months after the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of Article 14, Article 16 of the Act on Narrowing of the Digital Divide which is hereby repealed pursuant to subparagraph 1 of Article 2 of the Addenda, Articles 3 and 6 (2) of the Addenda, and Article 73 (1) 5 (g) as amended under Article 6 (12) of the Addenda shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Repeal of other Acts)
The following Acts are each hereby repealed:
Article 3 (Transitional Measures concerning Change of Name of the Korea Information Society Promotion Agency and Abolition of the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion)
(1) The Korea Information Society Promotion Agency under the former provisions at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed the Information Society Agency established under the amended provisions of Article 14.
(2) The Information Society Agency under this Act shall succeed to all property, rights and duties which belong to the Korea Information Society Promotion Agency and the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion under Article 16 of the Act on Narrowing of the Digital Divide (hereinafter referred to as the "Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion") at the time this Act enters into force.
(3) The name of the Korea Information Society Promotion Agency and the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion recorded on any register or other official documents at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed the name of the Information Society Agency under this Act.
(4) The value of the property succeeded to by the Information Society Agency under paragraph (2) shall be the book value on the date preceding the enforcement date of this Act.
(5) Any act conducted by or against the Korea Information Society Promotion Agency and the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed an act conducted by or against the Information Society Agency.
(6) Persons who are employees of the Korea Information Society Promotion Agency and the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed the employees of the Information Society Agency.
Article 4 (Transitional Measures concerning Application of Penalty Provisions)
The application of penalty provisions to any violation of the former Knowledge Information Resource Management Act before this Act enters into force shall be governed by the former Knowledge Information Resource Management Act.
Article 5 (Transitional Measures concerning Application of Administrative Fines)
The application of administrative fines to any act committed before this Act enters into force shall be governed by the former provisions.
Article 6 Omitted.
Article 7 (Relations to other Statutes)
Where other statutes cite the former Framework Act on Informatization Promotion, the former Act on Narrowing of the Digital Divide, the former Knowledge Information Resource Management Act or the provisions thereunder at the time this Act enters into force, this Act or the relevant provisions of this Act shall be deemed cited in lieu of the former provisions if the provisions corresponding thereto exist in this Act.
ADDENDA <Act No. 10012, Feb. 4, 2010>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force three months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 6 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 10166, Mar. 22, 2010>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 9 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 10629, May 19, 2011>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force two months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso omitted.)
Article 2 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 11688, Mar. 23, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 11764, May 22, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Applicable Cases concerning Examination of Informatization Plans)
The amended provisions of Article 13 (2) shall apply, starting from the first establishment of a project plan and an informatization plan for the relevant investment project after this Act enters into force.
Article 3 (Transitional Measures concerning Web Accessibility Quality Certification)
The information communications service that has obtained Web accessibility quality certification for improving access by persons with disabilities, aged persons, etc. and user convenience at the time this Act enters into force, shall be deemed obtained Web accessibility quality certification under the amended provisions of Article 32-2.
ADDENDA <Act No. 11849, Jun. 4, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 12844, Nov. 19, 2014>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Decree shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 13340, Jun. 22, 2015>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Transitional Measures concerning Designation of Official Responsible for Informatization)
The head of a national agency or a local government shall designate an official responsible for informatization under Article 11 (1) within six months after this Act enters into force.
Article 3 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 14572, Mar. 14, 2017>
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That among the Acts amended in accordance with Article 5 of these Addenda, amendments to Acts, which were promulgated before this Act enters into force, but the dates on which they are to enter into force have yet to arrive, shall enter into force on the dates the respective Acts enter into force.
Articles 2 through 6 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 14905, Oct. 24, 2017>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force three months after the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Transitional Measures concerning Administrative Fines)
Notwithstanding the amended provisions of Article 52 (2), the previous provisions shall apply to the imposition of administrative fines for acts committed before this Act enters into force.