We know that the text message chatrooms that included BIGBANG member SeungRi and singer Jung JoonYoung, along with six other unnamed people, were used for talking about soliciting prostitutes for business investors and uploading clips of sex tapes that were filmed with a hidden camera. But how did these chatrooms even wind up in the hands of the reporters in the first place?
According to South Korean news agency YTN, it all started when one of the participants in the group chat left his phone for repairs at a shop when it broke. The data inside the phone was then delivered to the media by the repair center.
And what you just read should be concerning you, especially if you reside in South Korea, as it raises the question of how well our privacy is actually being protected. If simply getting your phone repaired at a shop is sufficient enough for repairmen to catch a glimpse into our private lives and conversations, it sounds as if we should never repair our broken phones and opt to buying new ones instead. Don’t take the last sentence literally.
An additional concern that we should also ask ourselves is, whether the means for obtaining evidence for a crime can be justified even if it is done so illegally. After all, based on the reports from YTN, it seems that the evidence for the existence of these chatrooms, as scandalous as they may be, have been obtained illegally as well.
What is your thought on the issue?