South Korea has fined Alphabet’s Google and META millions of dollars for data breaches.
The Personal Information Protection Commission of South Korea stated that it fined Google 69.2 billion won ($50 million) and Meta 30.8 billion won ($22 million).
Google did not respond right away.
A Meta representative stated, “Even though we accept the commission’s decision, we are sure that we are working with our clients in a way that complies with the legal requirements and follows the procedures demanded by local laws.” As a result, we disagree with the commission’s judgment and will appeal it. “Be open to all possibilities, even requesting a judicial ruling.”
The Personal Information Protection Commission said that the businesses failed to seek prior consent from users before using their behavioral data for personalized ads or to gather and analyze users’ interests.