South Korean watchdog fines Facebook $6.1 million for sharing user info without consent

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SEOUL (Reuters) – A South Korean privacy agency was fined on Wednesday Facebook Inc 6.7 billion won ($ 6.06 million) and has requested a criminal investigation for providing users’ personal information to other operators without consent.

The country’s Personal Information Protection Commission, launched in August this year, said in a statement it had fined Facebook after an investigation found that the personal information of at least 3.3 million of the 18 million Facebook users in Korea were provided to operators other than Facebook without their knowledge, from May 2012 to June 2018.

When someone uses another operator’s service through Facebook login, the user’s personal information Facebook friends were provided to other operators without their consent, the commission said.

The commission said it would refer Facebook Ireland Ltd, the recipient of the fine, to the country’s prosecution for a criminal investigation.

“We have cooperated as much as possible throughout the investigation process, we regret that the Privacy Commission has requested a criminal investigation,” Seoul-based Facebook the spokeswoman said in a statement, declining any further comment Facebook has yet to fully review the details of the decision.

Reporting by Joyce Lee, editing by Louise Heavens

Original © Thomson Reuters

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