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Tech giants Google and Meta fined by S.Korea for privacy violations

Tech giants Google and Meta fined by S.Korea for privacy violations

The privacy panel clarified that it fined Meta 30.8 billion won and Google 69.2 billion won.

Millions of dollars’ worth of fines has been levied on Meta Platforms and Alphabet's Google for violation of privacy law by South Korea. Meta is planning to contend the decision in court. In its statement, the Personal Information Protection Commission clarified that it fined Meta 30.8 billion won and Google 69.2 billion won. Google was not available to comment on the developments. 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 analyzing behavioral information to infer their interests or use them for customized advertisements.

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