Tik-Tok slammed with $15.9 M penalty for misuse of Kid’s data
As of 2020 over 1.4 million children in the U.K. under 13 used Tik-Tok, despite the platform’s own rules prohibiting children that young from setting up accounts.
The Information Commissioner’s Office said it issued a fine of 12.7 million pounds ($15.9 million) to the short-video sharing app, which is wildly popular with young people.
The British watchdog investigated these data breaches between May 2018 and July 2020.
TikTok didn’t adequately identify and remove children under 13 from the platform, the watchdog said. And even though it knew younger children were using the app, TikTok failed to get consent from their parents to process their data, as required by Britain’s data protection laws, the agency said.
It’s the latest example of tighter scrutiny that TikTok and its parent, Chinese technology company ByteDance, are facing in the West, where governments are increasingly concerned about risks that the app poses to data privacy and cybersecurity.