South Korea Fines Facebook For Unlawful Data Sharing | NOW

The South Korean data protection authority has fined 6.7 billion won (5 million euros). South Koreans who logged in to another site via Facebook shared their friends’ data without their consent.

According to the Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC), data from 3.3 million South Koreans has been sent to companies without their knowledge. That happened between May 2012 and June 2018.

This included names, addresses and dates of birth, writes Yonhap. The South Korean news agency reports that the exact scope of the matter is unclear and that Facebook has not provided any relevant documents.

The PIPC also sends the case to the public prosecutor. This may lead to a criminal case.

“We cooperated as much as possible during the investigation process,” said a Facebook spokesperson in a response. “We regret that the PIPC has requested a criminal investigation.” The company declined to comment because it has not yet been able to examine the decision in detail.

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