It’s not the portals but the people who put the info on the web to be blamed in the first place. Did they try to find who put the info first? Did they asked/ordered the portals to pull down the info first? If not, that’s really dangerous move. Besides, if I put my personal information on Naver, could I get that money too? I’m sure someone would think the same thing.
Google, Yahoo and all the modern search engines do collect information systematically, mathematically, automatically using a software called web spiders or crawlers. There is no guarantees (yet) for software to judge/distinguish if it is a “personal” information or not.
This ruling will cost additional money for the web portals because it requires human to censor and sort the contents out and result in slowing down the trend of UGC (or UCC for South Korea) or so-called Web 2.0 in South Korea.
Educate people before regulating or intimidating the online media. [update] Just like this one …[end of update] That’s what I have to say.
If this goes little further, no one will be able to indict corrupted politicians or criminals anonymously, or is that the whole point of the ruling?