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mateomiguel
mateomiguel writes "Starbucks and Google have teamed up to offer free WiFi in South Korea. Google foots the bill for free Starbucks' WiFi and gets users redirected to its Korean language portal after logging into WiFi services. However, before logging in users are required to submit their real name and resident registration number (or foreign registration number in the case of foreigners). This may be too much information to require in order to offer free WiFi access.

There are two twists to the story. Originally, when the service was launched, users only had to use temporary usernames and passwords to log in (http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2898718), but some time since December 2008 it was changed to full legal names and social security numbers.

Secondly, Google Korea just caused a big media stir in April by circumventing a new Korean government regulation that required any web portal which accepted user content (such as comments or videos) to ask for real names and registration numbers of all its users. Google Korea sidestepped this issue on its YouTube Korea site by disabling the ability for users on the Korean YouTube site from uploading content or posting comments. However, users could still access the international YouTube site without problems. This seemed to infuriate the KCC and caused them to start a 'legal review' of Google in order to try to nail them for some sort of violation as revenge. (http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_editorial/350258.html)."

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