Google, Meta To Pay Fine For Privacy Violation In South Korea2 min read

To begin with, Google did not clearly inform users about vital information. Additionally, the tech giant is covering up further options available via the setting screen. Likewise,  Meta did not clarify the legal details it collects that consumers must know. To explain, both companies did not receive legitimate consent to collect information from users who visit their websites.

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Especially, when they sign up for its service and set the default choice to “agree”. Instead, it started asking South Korean users to accept its updated privacy policy by August 8. Otherwise, they might lose access to their Facebook and Instagram accounts on August 9. This action sparked the concern of South Korean PIPC on Meta’s operations in the country. Further, use other websites as well as apps for customized promotions.  Hence, South Korea fined Google and Meta worth $71.8 million (100 billion KRW)  for breaking privacy laws.

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As per, South Korea’s Personal Information and Protection Commission, they charged Google 69.2 billion and obtained $50 million. Simultaneously, they charged Meta 30.8 billion and won $22 million. Besides, the officials gathered in a meeting and acknowledged the fact that their business practices may result in serious privacy breaches.

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Both organizations disagreed with the commission’s discoveries. Further, Meta indicated the company might challenge its fine in court. Be that as it may, their commission can pursue fines through authoritative lawsuits. Further, the authority will document files within 90 days. Not to mention, after the organizations are officially aware of the commission’s choice.

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To sum up, these unfair practices threatened the privacy rights of south Korean people. As per PIPC Statistics, more than 82% of South Koreans using Google and more than 98% using Meta have let the companies track their online activities. At this instance, google will be working on making ongoing updates that give users control and transparency. Further,  it will review the commission’s findings once it receives the full written decision. In the same vein, Meta is considering all options that include seeking a court ruling. Moreover, the company is confident to work with our clients in a legally compliant way. Additionally, meet the processes that local regulations require.

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