TikTok UK misuses childrens' data
Occurred: July 2019
TikTok has been fined GBP 12.7 million by the UK privacy regulator for multiple failures to protect children on its platform between May 2018 and July 2020.
The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) ruled that TikTok had failed to stop approximately 1.4 million under-age children using its service in 2020, contrary to its own terms of service, none of which had gained the consent of their parents or guardians - contrary to UK law.
The ICO also charged TikTok with not providing sufficient, easy-to-understand information about how user data is collected, used, and shared, without which children were unlikely to have been able to make informed decisions about their use of the platform.
Purpose: Process personal data
Transparency: Governance; Privacy
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