Tuesday, December 14, 2010

South Korea Chastises Facebook's Seoul-Searching

The coat of arms of South KoreaImage via WikipediaThe worldwide dissing of Palo Alto, Calif.-based social media king Facebook continues.

South Korea is the latest country to take a poke at Facebook, claiming it is not complying with the republic's data privacy laws, according to an item on the Jurist Web site (http://jurist.law.pitt.edu). Specifically, Facebook is under attack for allegedly violating Article 22 of the South Korean Act on Promotion of Information and Communication Network Utilization and Information Protection.

Article 22 states: "If an information and communications service provider intends to gather user personal information, they shall obtain user consent..."  The Social Network may be doing boffo business at the box office, but nowadays Facebook is struggling to keep nations on its friends list.

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