TikTok Fined $379M Over Children’s Data Privacy

TikTok, the popular global Chinese-owned company, has been found in breach of the European’s General Data Regulation (GDPR) in relation to its violation of children’s privacy.

The Irish data watchdog, which regulates TikTok across the EU, charged that the company breached the following eight articles of the GDPR: 5(1)(a); 5(1)(c); 5(1)(f); 24(1); 25(1); 25(2); 12(1); and 13(1)(e) — that is breaches of lawfulness, fairness and transparency of data processing; data minimization; data security; responsibility of the controller; data protection by design and default; and the rights of the data subject (including minors) to receive clear communications about data processing; and to receive information on recipients of their personal data.

It is the biggest fine to date TikTok has received from regulators.

A spokesperson for the social media firm said in a statement, “We respectfully disagree with the decision, particularly the level of the fine imposed. The DPC’s criticisms are focused on features and settings that were in place three years ago, and that we made changes to well before the investigation even began, such as setting all under 16 accounts to private by default.”

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