facebook1 1 300x225 Facebook breaches Korean privacy laws, has 30 days to respond to complaintsFacebook has been accused of breaching data privacy laws in South Korea, with regulators unhappy with the way the social network is handling its users’ personal information.

The Korea Communications Commission has also criticised Facebook’s provision of personal information, as well as its privacy policy, saying it “violates the regulations on protection of privacy in information networks”.

The commission also suggested Facebook needs to do a better job of gaining consent from users when using personal data.

Mark Zuckerberg and its company will have 30 days to respond to the claims, the KCC said.

ComputerWorld states:

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.”

Facebook will need to respond quickly to the complaints as the social network is enjoying growth in the country. Currently, the social network has around 2.3 million members, equating to roughly 5% of the population, definitely something Facebook will not want to ignore.