TikTok fined £12.7m for misusing children’s data
TikTok has been hit with a hefty £12.7 million penalty from the United Kingdom’s data protection watchdog for not protecting the privacy of children.
Research revealed that up to 1.4 million British youngsters under 13 years old were allowed access to the platform in 2020, even though TikTok had set the minimum age requirement to create an account at 13.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) discovered that these minors’ data was employed without parental consent to track and profile them as well as put them at risk of being exposed to dangerous or inappropriate content.
This enormous fine marks one of the largest issued by the ICO. And even though it was originally stated that the social media giant could face an incredible £27 million penalty for such violations, the final amount has been halved.
Source: TikTok fined £12.7m for misusing children’s data – BBC News