Facebook has been fined 6,7 billion won (about $ 6 million) for sharing user data from Korea without their consent.
The Personal Data Protection Commission (PIPC) said that the US company disclosed data of at least 3,3 million of its 18 million users in Korea to other companies without their consent from May 2012 to June 2018.
When users connected to others third party applications using their Facebook accounts, the information and their friends were notified of the services they were using, the PIPC said. These friends did not know that their information was being shared with these services without her permission them, he said.
"One user agreed to share his information with a specific one service when he logged in to his Facebook account. However, the user's friends did not, and did not know that theirs was shared data", Said the commission.
These third-party applications then used the data provided by Facebook without the users' permission to make custom advertisements and promote them on Facebook. Facebook eventually made money illegally by sharing user data without it consent said the PIPC.
The commission also said Facebook submitted false or incomplete documents during the investigation. This of course made it difficult for her research of. Facebook was fined 66 XNUMX million for these obstacles.
Facebook said it was fully involved with the PIPC investigation and said it would release an official response after fully reviewing the decision of the committee.
The investigation against Facebook was launched in 2018 by the Communications Commission of Korea, the regulatory authority telecommunications of the country, after his scandal Cambridge Analytica. The regulator referred the case to the PIPC.