South Korea data regulator fines Google, Meta combined $72M

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South Korea’s data regulator fined Google and Meta a total of 100 billion won (U.S. $72 million) for violating the country’s personal data collection law, which forbids the collection and use of personal information without user consent.

The Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC) announced penalties of ₩69.2 billion (U.S. $50 million) against Google and ₩30.8 billion (U.S. $22 million) against Meta for violating the Personal Information Protection Act from 2019-21, according to a Sept. 14 press release.

The fines are the largest ever issued by the PIPC regarding privacy violations and the first penalties related to the collection and use of behavioral information of online customized advertising platforms.

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