TikTok could face a £27m fine in the UK for breaching UK data protection laws and failing to ensure the privacy of children using the platform – Writes Bloomberg.
According to an investigation by the UK Data Protection Authority (ICO), TikTok can handle the data of children under the age of 13 without proper parental consent and not provide users with adequate and transparent information. The ICO gave the company a so-called letter of intent, detailing the potential fine.
According to the initial censorship opinion, TikTok violated UK data protection laws between May 2018 and July 2020.
“Companies that provide digital services have a legal duty to provide this protection, but in our initial view, TikTok has failed to meet this requirement,” the ICO said, adding that it would consider the company carefully before making a final decision. All comments received.
However, TikTok denies these allegations.
While we respect the ICO’s role in protecting privacy in the UK, we disagree with the initial views expressed and intend to formally respond to the authority in a timely manner.
The company spokesperson said, while TikTok’s activities abroad and on the Old Continent are being investigated. in Ireland At the final stage, there is a separate investigation analyzing the alleged breach of children’s data. And in July, the US Senate Commerce Committee vote for The measure would raise the age of online private data protection for children to 16 years old. It will ban TikTok and other technology companies from showing ads targeted to children.
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