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Facebook fined in South Korea for sharing Consumer Information without Permission

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The US technology giant shared the private information of 3.3 million consumers without their approval, the South Korean authorities said.

The Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC) stated the US firm shared data of 3.3 million from its 18 million consumers in Korea to other businesses without their approval between May 2012 to June 2018.

Info shared by Facebook is comprised of users’ titles, academic background, job history, hometown, and connection status.

When users were logged in to other third-party programs with their Facebook accounts, their advice along with those of the buddies was shared with all the services that they had been using, the PIPC explained.

These friends were unaware that their information has been shared with these services without their consent, it stated.

“A user consented to share their advice with a specific service once they logged in using their Facebook accounts.

On the other hand, the consumer’s buddies did not, and they had been unaware that their information was being shared,” the commission stated.

These third-party programs than used the information offered by Facebook without consumers’ consent to create customized ads to show on social networking support.

Facebook finally made unfair gains by sharing consumer information without their approval, the PIPC explained.

Facebook also saved user password information with no encryption, and did not regularly notify users once the business accessed their information, it included.

The commission also stated Facebook turned in bogus or incomplete records throughout the analysis.

This made deciding on the precise extent of the firm’s offenses hard and hampered investigations,” it said. Facebook was fined an extra 66 million won to get all these obstructions.

Even though the criminal complaint filed with the commission was”regrettable”, it stated it will react after fully assessing the commission’s conclusion.

The investigation from the US technology giant began in 2018 from the Korea Communication Commission, the nation’s telecommunication regulator, in the aftermath of that the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The ruler gave the situation to PIPC.

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Priyanshu Vijayvargiya
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of 'Virtualattacks Inc' Priyanshu Vijayvargiya is a cybersecurity analyst, Information Security professional, developer, and a white hat hacker.

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