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S. Korea levies millions in fines on Google and Meta for privacy law violations

Millions of dollars in fines were levied by South Korea on Google and Meta Platforms for privacy law violations, authorities said on Wednesday.

Now Meta considers taking South Korea to the court over its decision.

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

Google did not immediately comment.

“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,” a Meta spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the privacy panel said the companies had not clearly informed service users nor obtained prior consent when collecting and analysing behavioural information to infer their interests or use them for customised advertisements.


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