South Korea fines Google, Meta $100m over accusations of privacy law violations

The commission fined Google 69.2 billion won (S$69.9 million) and Meta 30.8 billion won. PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL - South Korea levied fines running into millions of dollars on Alphabet’s Google and Meta Platforms following accusations of privacy law violations, authorities said on Wednesday.

In a statement, the Personal Information Protection Commission said it fined Google 69.2 billion won (S$70 million) and Meta 30.8 billion won (S$31.3 million).

Google did not have an immediate comment.

A Meta spokesperson said, “While we respect the commission’s decision, we are confident that we work with our clients in a legally compliant way that meets the processes required by local regulations. As such, we do not agree with the commission’s decision, and will be open to all options including seeking a ruling from the court.” 

The privacy panel said the firms did not clearly inform service users and obtain prior consent when collecting and analysing behavioural information to infer their interests or use them for customised advertisements. REUTERS

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