Facebook, which shared personal information of 3.3 million South Koreans without their explicit consent, has been fined for $6 million and is facing a criminal probe. Korean authorities said the tech giant would not cooperate.

The 6.7 billion won (US$6 million) fine was slapped on the social network mammoth by the Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC), South Korea’s investigative authority for violations of data protection. Its probe revealed that between May 2012 and June 2018, the company has shared information of at least 3.3 million users with as many as 10,000 other firms without securing proper consent. There are an estimated 18 million internet users in South Korea.

The fine was the first punishment handed down by PIPC since the investigation into Facebook’s behavior was launched in August. During the probe, the tech giant was uncooperative and submitted incomplete or false documents, the commission noted as reported by Yonhap on Wednesday. A separate penalty of about $60,000 was issued by the commission for the falsifications. (RT)