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South Korea Fined Facebook Millions for Sharing Data


South Korean privacy watchdog (PIPC) has fined Facebook millions for providing users’ personal information to companies.


According to the data protector, the data of at least 3.3 million local Facebook users would have been shared without permission with up to 10,000 companies.

Facebook must pay the country 6.7 billion South Korean won. The personal data authority says the company violated the rules between May 2012 and June 2018.

Personal data such as relationship statuses, work experience and education was shared with other companies when the users logged in to the online services of those companies with their Facebook account.

The personal information of their Facebook friends was also shared without permission.

The privacy watchdog states that the social network did not cooperate in the investigation that has been running since 2018, for example, by submitting incomplete and false documents.

Facebook says that it has cooperated well with the PIPC’s investigation and that it will look at the imposed fine “closely”.

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