[Governance] PIDMC in South Korea Initiates Collective Dispute Mediation between Facebook and its Users

Byoung-il Oh antiropy at gmail.com
Tue Jul 13 20:57:20 EDT 2021

Thanks for your interest.
It's not a real-time mediation.
PIDMC will investigate the case and present its mediation plan to both
Actually Facebook is likely not to accept investigation and mediation, then
we are  going to file a lawsuit against Facebook.

Byoung-il Oh

2021년 7월 13일 (화) 오후 9:43, Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro <
salanieta.tamanikaiwaimaro at gmail.com>님이 작성:

> Fascinating. Thank you for sharing.
> Is the mediation over zoom?
> Many thanks,
> On Tue, 13 Jul 2021, 2:46 am Byoung-il Oh via Governance, <
> governance at lists.igcaucus.org> wrote:
>> Dear colleagues,
>> Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet is responding to the abuse of
>> personal information by Facebook in cooperation with a lawfirm Jihyang
>> which is composed of progressive lawyers. Please refer to the press release
>> below for more information.
>> Byoung-il Oh
>> * * *
>> PIDMC in South Korea Initiates Collective Dispute Mediation between
>> Facebook and its Users
>> Personal Information Dispute Mediation Committee(“PIDMC”) in South Korea
>> has announced on July 8th, in an official statement that it made a
>> resolution to commence the collective dispute mediation proceedings between
>> Facebook Inc. and its users in South Korea. PIDMC publicly announced the
>> commencement of the proceedings and following plans to further accept
>> applications from any other users who wish to participate in the collective
>> dispute mediation. In the coming months, PIDMC is expected to proceed a
>> thorough investigation over the complaint, and is likely to provide
>> recommendations or propose the mediation as a settlement to the parties
>> involved.
>> After eighty-nine Facebook users in South Korea, represented by Lawfirm
>> Jihyang, filed a collective complaint to PIDMC in April 16th, against
>> Facebook Inc. and Facebook Ireland, PIDMC has come to a decision to open
>> the case and proceed the mediation procedure. Kim, Il-Hwan (Chairperson of
>> PIDMC) chose to take proactive measures against Facebook as public
>> awareness arises against malpractices of big-techs on users’ data
>> protection and privacy. According to PIDMC’s press release report, this
>> case marks as the very first collective dispute mediation case since the
>> Personal Information Protection Commission(“PIPC”) was established last
>> August, 2020.
>> The complaint claims that Facebook has been providing personal data to
>> third parties without user’s consent, in breach of Personal Information
>> Protection Act(“PIPA”). The users also filed a petition for Facebook to
>> disclose the details of the personal data sharing practices including the
>> scope of the personal data and the list of the third parties that obtained
>> the access to such data.
>> When Facebook accepts a collective dispute mediation award presented by
>> the PIDMC, the PIDMC may advise the personal information controller of
>> Facebook to prepare and submit a compensation plan for the benefit of the
>> non-party data subjects suffered from the same incident.
>> In previous to the users’ complaint for PIDMC, PIPC – a government agency
>> in South Korea on personal information and privacy protection – has fined
>> 6.7 billion KRW to Facebook in November, 2020, after an investigation of
>> Facebook’s business practices on user’s privacy protection. The
>> investigation report of PIPC showed that Facebook has been sharing personal
>> data of at least 3.3 million out of its 18 million users in South Korea to
>> the operators of third-party apps installed in Facebook to create
>> customised advertisements and services. PIPC concluded that the users were
>> unaware whether their data were being collected and shared to the third
>> parties, confirming that Facebook obtained no legitimate consent of any of
>> the users.
>> As PIDMC has commenced the dispute mediation procedure for Facebook, any
>> Facebook users can submit an application to participate in this case until
>> July 26th at PIDMC website(www.kopico.go.kr or kopico at korea.kr) or to
>> the legal representative, Lawfirm Jihyang(www.jihyangsosong.com).
>> Lawfirm Jihyang and Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet – a civil
>> advocacy group for digital rights (www.jinbo.net) – also seek to file
>> additional complaints and other litigation suits against big-tech companies
>> for their malpractices on users’ privacy protection and anti-competitive
>> measures.
>> Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet, Lawfirm Jihyang
>> for further information, please contact jihyang at jihyanglaw.com
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