According to Yonhap News, PIPC decided that the social network shared the personal information of 3.3 million South Korean users out of a total of 18 million users to other companies without consent from May 2012 to June 2018.
According to the “engadget” website, the censorship authority said that Facebook shared people’s names, addresses, dates of birth, work experiences, their country, and their relationships with other companies when logging in.
The authority added that Facebook could have shared this information with up to 10,000 other companies, however, it is not possible to determine exactly how much information was shared, because Facebook apparently did not provide the relevant documents.
PIPC also accused the social network of providing incomplete or forged documents. Facebook denied this accusation, stressing that it “cooperated with the entire investigation.”
This is the first time that PIPC has imposed a fine on the social network, but it is not the first time that Facebook has had a problem in the country, as in 2018 the Korea Communications Commission imposed a fine on the company of 396 million won (about 396,706 US dollars) to slow down users ’communications. In 2016 and 2017, Facebook won the legal battle against the commission, and the fine was eventually canceled.
The Seoul Administrative Court ruled at the time that the fine was illegal, as the company had no intention of slowing down its services in the country.