By Park Jae-hyuk
The Personal Information Protection Commission said Friday that it took the issue seriously, suggesting possible sanctions on social media operators.
Since May, US companies have been trying to transfer the personal information of South Korean-based users to other countries and track their location data. The company initially asked users to agree to the new Terms of Service by July 26, but recently postponed the deadline to August 9.
In South Korea, a company may refuse to offer goods or services only if the user does not agree to collect the “minimum required” personal information under the Personal Information Protection Act.
Therefore, in a Friday press release, DPA promised to take all possible steps to protect the personal information of South Korean Facebook and Instagram users if Meta violates the law.
According to lawmakers, Meta’s South Korean subsidiary argued that the new policy was legal and commendable because it aimed to collect personal information more transparently.
However, lawyers in the forum considered the update illegal.
As the controversy grows, some users here have begun to threaten to boycott Facebook and Instagram. They specifically pointed out that Facebook was fined 6.7 billion won ($ 5 million) in 2020 for leaking the personal information of 3.3 million South Korean-based users to a third party. Last year, the company was ordered to pay 300,000 won per victim.
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