Statistical Data

Status of the receipt of public interest reports

Status of the receipt of public interest reports

● Source: Civil Rights White Paper 2019
● Investigating organization: ANTI-CORRUPTION AND CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION
● Investigation period: Law enforcement ~ 2019. 12. 31
● Between the original implementation of the Public Interest Whistleblower Protection Act and the end of December 2018, a total of 33,452 reports were submitted to the ACRC. Public health violations, including production of harmful food products and sales of unlicensed medical products, were the most common type of report with 12,697 cases (38.0%), followed by public safety violations, including faulty construction and non-establishment of fire-fighting facilities, with 5,433 cases (16.2%).
● In 2018, the number of public interest reports increased by a large margin, because of expanded scope of protection for reporters, reinforced public relations customized for different groups of people, and efforts to raise awareness of the report system. By sector, the number of reports in the environment sector slightly decreased year on year from 2017, but the number in the sectors of health, safety, fair competition, and consumer interest showed year-on-year increase.

Statistical Data

(unit : case)

Status of the receipt of public interest reports
Year total people`s health people`s safety environment customer`s benefit fair competition equivalent public interest etc
total 33,452 12,697 5,433 2,976 2,024 748 11 9,563
2011 292 169 8 10 46 18 0 41
2012 1,153 389 167 201 118 29 0 249
2013 2,887 1,208 298 165 191 87 0 938
2014 9,130 5,570 1,936 312 345 94 0 873
2015 5,771 1,931 595 1,151 174 39 0 1,881
2016 2,611 937 377 232 149 69 0 847
2017 2,521 543 524 191 190 121 0 952
2018 3,923 821 706 179 202 161 1 1,853
2019 5,164 1,129 822 535 609 130 10 1,929