UK could fine TikTok $29 million over children's privacy concerns2022-09-27 18:34 by Daniela
TikTok may face a $29 million fine in the U.K. after privacy regulators found failings in the company's handling of children's data.
The potential fine follows an investigation by the UK's data privacy regulator, which found that over the course of two years from May 2018 to July 2020, TikTok may have breached UK law by processing data of kids under 13 without parental consent. Additionally, the company may have "failed to provide proper information to its users in a concise, transparent and easily understood way" and "processed special category data, without legal grounds to do so."
Special category data refers to sensitive personal data in areas such as sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic and racial origin, political opinions and genetic and biometric data.
"We all want children to be able to learn and experience the digital world, but with the right data privacy protections," Information Commissioner John Edwards said in a statement. "Companies providing digital services have a legal duty to enforce those protections, but we are of the tentative opinion that TikTok does not meet that requirement," it added.
TikTok expectedly denied the accusations stating that the ICO's findings are provisional.
"This Notice of Intent, covering the period May 2018 to July 2020, is provisional and as the ICO itself has stated, no final conclusions can be drawn at this time," a company spokesperson told TechCrunch. "While we respect the ICO's role in safeguarding privacy in the UK, we disagree with the preliminary views expressed and intend to formally respond to the ICO in due course".
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