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Korea fines Facebook $6.05 million for sharing users' info without consent

Christian Fernsby |
South Korea's information watchdog fined Facebook $6.05 million for passing information of at least 3.2 million South Koreans to other companies in its first crackdown on the U.S. tech giant.

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The Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC) said Facebook violated the country's personal information law by providing personal information of at least 3.2 million of the country's total 18 million local users from May 2012 to June 2018 to other companies without their consent.

The commission said that when users logged into other company's services using their Facebook accounts, the personal information of their Facebook friends was also shared to such service providers without consent.

The personal information that was shared with other companies included users' names, their addresses, dates of birth, work experience, hometowns and relationship statuses.

The watchdog said the exact amount of the shared information is unclear as Facebook did not provide relevant documentation.


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