Big Hit Music to take action against Korea Railroad staff for illegal access of BTS’ RM personal info, while fans call for privacy

Big Hit to take action vs Korea Railroad staff who stalked BTS’ RM for years

/ 06:59 PM March 02, 2023

RM of BTS. Image: Twitter/@BIGHIT_MUSIC

RM of BTS. Image: Twitter/@BIGHIT_MUSIC

Big Hit Music has announced that it would take action against an employee of the Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL) who illegally accessed the personal information of Kim Nam-joon, also known as RM of K-pop global sensation BTS.

The music label made the confirmation to the Korean media outlet Newsen, after KORAIL said the employee looked up RM’s address, phone number, and train ticket reservations for 18 times over the span of three years since 2019. In South Korea, a commuter’s address and phone number are required to book tickets online.


“We will verify the details and, after, take the necessary steps to protect our artist,” Big Hit said in a statement.


The state-run railway operator also revealed that the employee back in 2021 found out that the BTS member took a KTX, also known as Korea Train Express bullet train, from its capital Seoul to Dongdaegu station, which is located in Daegu, South Korea. The staff also confessed that they tried to visit the train station just to see a glimpse of the K-pop artist.

Per Newsen, the employee was in charge of KORAIL’s reservation system, which gives them access to customer information. Following an internal investigation, it was revealed that the staff illegally accessed the information “out of curiosity.”


The employee has already been fired from the state-run railway operator, as of this writing. However, an internal penalty is set to be pushed through, per the report.

“We are developing a new system that notifies those who view the information with a warning and demands them to submit reasons for viewing the information. We will have a real-time tracking system established by the end of the year,” KORAIL was quoted as saying.

Following the report, fans took to social media to call for the railway corporation to respect RM’s privacy.

Twitter user @rmswissarmybase said the illegal access of the BTS member’s information is “breach of personal data [and] breach of trust.”

One @bts_we_are_7 said, “Leave Namjoon alone!!!”

Another @anx_tea suspected that the controversy is the reason why the BTS member removed one of his Instagram posts.

Twitter user @seokjinbit hoped that the employee would be put to “jail.”

RM made his debut as the leader and main rapper of BTS in June 2013. He released his debut studio album “Indigo” in December 2022, which was certified double platinum by the Korea Music Content Association. EDV


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TAGS: Big Hit Music, BTS, K-Pop, Namjoon, RM

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