South Korea Fines Google And Meta Billions Of Wons For Privacy Violation

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SEOUL, Sept 14 (Reuters) – South Korea has imposed millions of dollars in fines on Alphabet (GOOGL.O) Google and Meta Platforms (META.O) for privacy law violations, said authorities on Wednesday, as Meta plans to challenge the decision in court.

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In a statement, the Personal Information Protection Commission said it fined Google 69.2 billion won ($50 million) and Meta 30.8 billion won ($22 million). .

Google had no immediate comment.

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A Meta spokesperson said: “While we respect the commission’s decision, we are confident that we are working with our customers in a legally compliant manner 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 court ruling.

The privacy committee said the companies failed to clearly inform service users and obtain prior consent when collecting and analyzing behavioral information to infer their interests or use it for purposes. personalized advertisements.

($1= 1,390.3800 won)

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Reporting by So-hyang Choi and Joyce Lee; Editing by Tom Hogue, Clarence Fernandez and Christian Schmollinger

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