Samsung's default email system is titled “mySingle.”
mySingle was “set up” in 2000.
The system is proprietary and was created by a Samsung subsidiary named Samsung Data Systems (“SDS”).
mySingle went operational in 2001,
and is web-based.
mySingle stores received and sent employee emails on company-wide servers,
as opposed to dividing the servers *1139 by business unit,
and Samsung employees access their mySingle email accounts through a web-based interface.
mySingle contains a “general guideline [that] calls for all e-mails to be automatically deleted after the passage of two weeks.”
This functionality operates and stores email companywide in Korea, has no exceptions,
and has been in place since mySingle went operational.
Samsung uses mySingle in this way because: (1) “it avoids the danger that confidential business information will be misappropriated in the event the computer itself is lost or stolen”;
(2) it is cheaper than using a 30–day retention period;
(3) it “reduces the amount of information that could inadvertently be disclosed through misdirected *1140 email, or stolen through unauthorized access or hacking into an employee's email account on the system;”
and (4) the policy best complies with Korean privacy law.