South Korea’s info watchdog on Wednesday fined Fb Inc. 6.7 billion gained (US$6 million) for passing info of at the least 3.3 million South Koreans to different firms in its first crackdown on the U.S. tech large.
The Private Info Safety Fee (PIPC) mentioned Fb violated the nation’s private info regulation by offering private info of at the least 3.3 million of the nation’s whole 18 million native customers from Could 2012 to June 2018 to different firms with out their consent. It marked the fee’s first punishment towards Fb because it was launched in August this yr, stories Yonhap information company.
The fee mentioned that when customers logged into different firm’s providers utilizing their Fb accounts, the non-public info of their Fb pals was additionally shared to such service suppliers with out consent.
The private info that was shared with different firms included customers’ names, their addresses, dates of delivery, work expertise, hometowns and relationship statuses.
The watchdog mentioned the precise quantity of the shared info is unclear as Fb didn’t present related documentation. Contemplating the knowledge could possibly be offered to at most 10,000 different firms, the watchdog mentioned a substantial quantity of non-public info might have been shared.
The fee mentioned it’ll refer Fb Eire Ltd — which was accountable for Fb operations in South Korea from Could 2012 to June 2018 — to the prosecution for a legal investigation.
Fb Eire’s director accountable for person privateness might resist 5 years in jail or a most of fifty million gained in fines if convicted of violating South Korea’s related private info regulation.
It added that Fb was uncooperative in its investigation because it submitted incomplete or false paperwork. The fee additionally levied Fb with a separate penalty of 66 million gained for the false documentation. Fb expressed remorse on the fee’s transfer.
“We cooperated with the investigation in its entirety,” Fb mentioned in a press release. “We’ve but to carefully overview PIPC’s measure.”
In 2018, the Korea Communications Fee, South Korea’s telecommunications regulator, began investigations into Fb earlier than handing it off to the fee.