IDG News Service reports that social-networking site Facebook has been deemed in breach of South Korean privacy laws by a regulator:
Facebook is in breach of South Korean data privacy laws and needs to do a better job of getting consent from users when getting their personal information, a South Korean regulator said Wednesday. […]
“Facebook violates the regulations on protection of privacy in information networks,” said Choi Seong Jin, a spokesman for the [Korea Communications Commission]. The U.S.-based company has 30 days to respond to the complaint, the KCC said.
Article 22 of South Korea’s “Act on Promotion of Information and Communication Network Utilization and Information Protection” states: “If an information and communications service provider intends to gather user personal information, they shall obtain user consent.”