CEM REPORT, ICT | TikTok has been slammed with a fine of £12.7 million by the United Kingdom for multiple breaches of data protection law.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said the Chinese-owned video-sharing application granted about 1 million under 13 children access to its platform and used their personal data.
In a statement, John Edward, the Information Commissioner, said the fine reflects the serious impact TikTok negligence might have had.
“There are laws in place to make sure our children are as safe in the digital world as they are in the physical world. TikTok did not abide by those laws.
“As a consequence, an estimated 1 million under-13s were inappropriately granted access to the platform, with TikTok collecting and using their personal data. That means that their data may have been used to track them and profile them, potentially delivering harmful, inappropriate content on their very next scroll.
“TikTok should have known better. “TikTok should have done better. Our £12.7m fine reflects the serious impact their failures may have had. They did not do enough to check who was using their platform or take sufficient action to remove the underage children that were using their platform.”
TikTok reacting to the fine disagree with the ICO’s decision, however, noted that it will continue to review the decision and is considering the next steps.
“TikTok is a platform for users aged 13 and over. We invest heavily to help keep under-13s off the platform and our 40,000-strong safety team works around the clock to help keep the platform safe for our community.
“While we disagree with the ICO’s decision, which relates to May 2018 to July 2020, we are pleased that the fine announced today has been reduced to under half the amount proposed last year. We will continue to review the decision and are considering the next steps.”
Recall that CEM reported that the United States plans to ban the video-sharing application, TikTok over data and privacy breaches.