South Korea fines Facebook $6.1 mn for sharing users' info without consent

South Korea's information watchdog fined Facebook Inc. US$6 million for passing information of at least 3.3 million South Koreans to other companies in its first crackdown on the U.S. tech giant.

Users' names, their addresses, dates of birth, work experience, hometowns and relationship statuses were exposed to other companies. The watchdog said the exact amount of the shared information is unclear as Facebook did not provide relevant documentation.

Facebook was uncooperative in its investigation as it submitted incomplete or false documents, the commission also levied Facebook with a separate penalty of 66 million won for the false documentation.

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