The Current State of the Private Investigation Industry in Korea and Its Legislation Process
Social Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 6, December 2013, Pages: 195-199
Received: Aug. 6, 2013; Published: Oct. 20, 2013
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Chang-Ho Kim, Dept. of Security Management, Kyonggi University, Suwon, Korea
Ju-Lak Lee, Dept. of Security Management, Kyonggi University, Suwon, Korea
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The demand for security services in Korea has been on the rise with the increased income of the citizens as well as awareness about individual rights. Two representative sectors that reflect this change is the privatized security and investigation fields of the country. However, the private investigation industry has not been legally authorized, so most employees in this field work for lawyers and support their tasks, or for the “errand centers” and often engage in illegal activities, causing different social issues. In order to resolve this problem, related legislation for legalization of private investigation has been proposed since late 1990s, but due to the privacy issue, conflict with other laws, difficulty in designating the agency in charge of supervising private investigation organizations, etc. have led to recurring abrogation. Despite the challenge, the discussion to legalize private investigation in Korea has recently resurfaced with the new president and her administration. Therefore, the authors in this study examined the current state of the private investigation businesses in Korea and the legalization process in addition to the points at issue.
Private Investigation, Private Security, Legalization, Privatization of Security Services
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Chang-Ho Kim, Ju-Lak Lee, The Current State of the Private Investigation Industry in Korea and Its Legislation Process, Social Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 6, 2013, pp. 195-199. doi: 10.11648/
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