Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Google will probably poop in your baby's diaper if you're not careful.

Google and YouTube Korea are favorite whipping boys in this time zone. Last month Google and YouTube upset Korea's Victorian sensibilities *cough* by apparently having all kinds of porn and illegal videos up. A little before that was the debate whether YouTube would have to adopt the "real name" system present on the domestic sites here. A few years ago was the business about children being exposed to foreign pornography because of lax security standards. Remember that South Korea is the world's largest consumer of porn.

The latest flare-up has to do with Google apparently exposing personal IDs online. The Chosun Bimbo points out what's wrong with that accusation.
Being that it indexes everything that goes into the tubes (and clearly outlines what and how it goes about things. Haha - Pigeons!) responsibility for "exposing" important personal information rests not on The Google, but on those who chuck up an unprotected Excel spreadsheet onto an open server somewhere on the net. Such people apparently include a Busan elementary school and a doctor amongst others.

The Chosun Ilbo article he's quoting goes on to say that if a person wants to hide their personal information after its been exposed they'll have to sign up for Google. The article makes it sound like a burden, one that takes a week, to which The Bimbo replies:
Aaaaaahahahahahaha! After all signing up for Google is such a chore. At least it doesn't need a bloody National ID number! Tried joining Naver lately??!!

No, I haven't, but I did try to sign up for a Korean site last year but quit when it asked me for a scan of my passport. And those of you out of the country might not be aware that many sites here are inaccessible to foreigners because our ID numbers are 13 digits long though the sites can only handle 12. Hell, we can't even reserve train tickets online, and last I heard my favorite game to watch on TV Kart Rider was still off-limits. There are a bunch of sites where it's easy for foreigners to sign up, provided you can navigate Korean, but the fact remains that bitching about Google's process is ridiculous when you consider that there's a national ID system in place here and that it largely excludes foreigners.


Stafford said...

On second reading I think the time frame of a week, quoted in the article, refers to the process of getting something taken down from Google. Not the actual signing up.

Jay said...

Korean ID numbers are 13 digits, same as foreigner's ID numbers. The problem is the 5 at the beginning of the second group of numbers, not the 1 or 2 that Korean's have. Regardless of the reason, it is frustrating.

Andy said...

Foreigners with alien cards can make an ID at, but you still have to attach a jpeg of your alien card. I think they review it, coz it can take a week or two to get it approved. It took me two goes, since the first one was rejected, and then the 2nd application (which was exactly the same as the first) was accepted.

I just use it to play 맞고.

And I use a friend's ID for playing Kartrider.