Posted : 2013-09-24 15:45
Updated : 2013-09-24 15:45

Taxi driver broadcasts conversations with customers online

A taxi driver Lim (right) once picked up a Korean singer IU while his secret live broadcasting was in progress.

By Ko Dong-hwan

A taxi driver has been found guilty for having secretly broadcasted online his conversations with passengers.

Lim, 42, who's been driving a taxi for eight years, started the broadcasting in 2009. Not informing the passengers of the fact that they were on the air, Lim orchestrated his own "shows" by asking questions, listening to their stories, and even singing to their pleasure.

His shows were popular over the Internet, garnering one million visitors to his websites so far. A Korean singer IU once rode Lim's taxi in 2010 and sang, drawing much enthusiasm from fans of Lim's broadcasting.

His shows, however, were abruptly halted as two of his past customers sued him for broadcasting their private stories without prior notice.

"He asked me questions regarding private issues like my marriage, and I answered. I discovered that our whole conversations were broadcasted live on the Internet only when I was about to get off," said Park, 33, who rode Lim's taxi in December 2012.

Park insisted that Lim violated the communication privacy protection act because Lim never asked for his consent on the broadcasting in advance.

The Seoul Northern District Court ruled in favor of Park on Monday, sentencing Lim to six months in jail suspended for two years as well as six months of license suspension.

"Any sort of private conversations with others must not be recorded, listened to, disclosed or divulged," said the court, basing his guilt on the disclosure of conversations to unidentified multiple subjects without Park's consent.

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택시기사, 승객대화 몰래 실시간 생중계

소형 카메라와 무선 인터넷 장비 등을 택시 안에 설치해놓고 승객과의 대화를 실시간 인터넷 방송으로 내보낸 택시기사가 유죄를 선고받았다.

개인택시 경력 8년 차인 임모(42)씨는 2009년부터 승객들 고민을 들어주거나 즉석에서 노래를 부르고, 이 장면을 실시간으로 인터넷 사이트에 방송해 진행자로서 인기를 끌었다.

2010년에는 임씨 택시에 우연히 탄 인기 가수 아이유(20)가 노래를 부르면서 화제가 되기도 했다. 승객들의 진솔한 이야기를 담은 임씨의 방송은 나날이 인기를 끌었고, 누적 시청자도 100만명이 넘었다.

하지만 작년 12월 이 택시에 탔던 박모(33)씨 등 2명이 임씨를 고소하면서 방송은 좌초 위기에 처했다. 박씨 등은 '임씨가 결혼 계획과 같은 사적(私的)인 이야기를 물어봐서 스스럼없이 대답했는데, 택시에서 내리기 직전에야 생방송 중이라는 사실을 알게 됐다'며 '임씨가 동의를 구한 적이 없기 때문에 통신비밀보호법을 위반한 것'이라고 주장했다.

법원은 박씨 등의 손을 들어줬다. 서울북부지법 형사7단독 박옥희 판사는 임씨에게 징역 6개월에 집행유예 2년, 자격정지 6개월을 선고했다고 23일 밝혔다.

박 판사는 '타인 간의 사적 대화를 녹음하거나 청취해선 안 되고, 이를 공개하거나 누설해서도 안 된다'며 '임씨가 박씨 등의 동의 없이 대화 내용을 불특정 다수에게 공개했기 때문에 유죄가 인정된다'고 말했다.

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