The South Korean Personal Information Protection Committee fined Facebook $ 6 million for passing information on 3.3 million Koreans to other companies. The committee responsible for the policy of protecting personal information has filed a complaint against “Facebook” with the investigation agency.
The committee stated that “Facebook” violated the country’s personal data protection law by providing personal information to at least 3.3 million local users in the country, out of a total of 18 million during the period from May 2012 to June 2018 to other companies without their consent.
Personal information shared with other companies included educational background, work experience, place of origin, family, marital status, and other personal information. The committee indicated that “Facebook” obstructed an investigation conducted by the committee by submitting false statements or submitting incomplete data. The commission also imposed a separate fine of 66 million won on Facebook for storing users’ passwords without encrypting them, failing to notify users periodically of the use of their personal information, and providing false data.
On the other hand, “Facebook” expressed its regret at the measures taken by the committee, explaining that it cooperated with the entire investigation and plans to review these measures closely.