tiktok faces $29 million fine from uk watchdog over child privacy violations

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned that ByteDance-owned video platform TikTok could face a $29 million fine for failing to protect children’s privacy. According to ICO’s statement, they found TikTok may have breached UK data protection law between May 2018 and July 2020, adding that the company may have processed the data of children under 13 without parental consent, failed to offer proper information to users in a “concise, transparent and easily understood” fashion, and processed “special category” data without legal grounds. The ICO has issued TikTok Inc and TikTok Information Technologies UK Limited (‘TikTok’) a legal document that precedes a potential fine. A TikTok spokesperson told Reuters that they disagree with the preliminary views expressed and intend to formally respond to the ICO in due course. [ICO release; Reuters]

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