ICO fines TikTok £12.7m over children's data protection violations

17/05/2023 | ICO

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued a £12.7 million monetary penalty to TikTok Information Technologies UK Limited and TikTok Inc over UK General Data Protection Regulation violations after the company allowed 1.4 million children under 13 to use the service without parental consent and contrary to its terms of service. The fine was reduced from a provisional £27 million after the ICO considered the representations from TikTok that led to the provisional finding relating to the unlawful use of special category data being dropped. 

Information Commissioner John Edwards said: “There are laws in place to ensure our children are as safe in the digital world as they are in the physical world. TikTok did not abide by those laws... TikTok should have known better. TikTok should have done better. Our £12.7m fine reflects the serious impact their failures may have had. They did not do enough to check who was using their platform or take sufficient action to remove the underage children that were using their platform."

UPDATE: 170523 - The ICO has published the four monetary penalty notices relating to the £12,700,000 fine issued to TikTok in April.  

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