In the UK, TikTok could be fined £27 million (approximately $29 million) for failing to safeguard children’s privacy. According to a preliminary inquiry by the UK privacy authority, the social networking app may have processed children’s data without the required parental approval if they were 13 years old or younger. The alleged violation of the regulations governing the protection of kid data lasted for more than two years, from May 2018 to July 2020. On Monday, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) released the initial results.

According to the preliminary investigation report, TikTok failed to inform users of its data collecting policy in a “clear, transparent, and understandable way.” Additionally, it handled children’s “special category data” on a legitimate basis. Special category data is sensitive personal information that includes “ethnic and racial origin, political ideas, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, trade union membership, genetic and biometric data, or health data,” according to the UK’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

A PROVISIONAL GUILTY DETERMINATION OF TIKTOK’S VIOLATION OF CHILD DATA PROTECTION LAWS HAS BEEN MADE. The ICO first began looking at TikTok back in July 2019. The UK privacy watchdog was interested in learning how ByteDance’s platform handled the personal information of individuals under the age of 18. The purpose of the study was to ascertain if the Chinese corporation complied with the UK’s GDPR regarding the privacy of children.

Advertisement The ICO released its preliminary inquiry findings on Monday, three years later, and it’s bad news for TikTok. Of course, the results are preliminary, so no judgment can be made just yet. The corporation has received a “notice of intent” from the ICO describing the initial findings. It has the opportunity to establish its innocence in a court of law. After the thorough inquiry, if the court still finds TikTok in violation of GDPR, it will be subject to a sizable fine.

Businesses that violate the UK GDPR may be subject to fines of up to £17.5 million (about $19 million) or 4% of their annual global revenue, whichever is larger. The ICO is citing a $29 million (£27 million) penalties for TikTok in this instance.

As predicted, TikTok refuted the allegations, saying that the ICO’s conclusions were preliminary. According to a corporate spokeswoman who talked to TechCrunch , “This Notice of Intent, covering the period of May 2018 to July 2020, is provisional and as the ICO itself has said, no definitive conclusions can be taken at this time.” “We disagree with the first opinions presented, but we appreciate the ICO’s duty in protecting privacy in the UK. We aim to formally react to the ICO in due course.” Once we get a final report from this investigation, we will let you know.

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