South Korea: Government advice system exposes citizens' private lives


The "safety guidance texts" sent by health authorities and district offices in South Korea are causing information overload and have included embarrassing revelations about infected people's private lives. A text may include, for example, a link to trace the movements of people who have recently been diagnosed with the virus. Clicking on the link takes the user to the website of a district office that lists the places the patient had visited before testing positive. In one case, a man in his 50s was shown as having returned from a trip to Wuhan with his 30-year-old secretary; in another case, an alert said a man had contracted the virus during a sexual harassment class; in a third, a woman in her 60s was accused of insurance fraud. Shops and restaurants patients are shown to have visited were concerned the revelation would put them out of business.