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UK could fine TikTok $29 million over children’s privacy concerns


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CNN Business

The United Kingdom said on Monday it could impose a multimillion-dollar fine on TikTok after the government found the short-form video platform may have breached children’s privacy.

The potential fine of £27 million, or around $29 million, follows an investigation by the UK’s data privacy regulator, which found that over the course of two years, from May 2018 to July 2020, TikTok may have broken UK law by processing children’s data. under 13 years of age without parental consent.

In a legal document notifying TikTok of the potential fine, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office also said that TikTok may have processed sensitive categories of data “without legal grounds” and may not have provided information to its users sufficiently. transparency.

“We all want children to be able to learn and experience the digital world, but with the right data privacy protections in place,” Information Commissioner John Edwards said in a statements. “Companies that provide digital services have a legal duty to implement those protections, but our provisional view is that TikTok did not meet that requirement.”

In a statement, TikTok said: “While we respect the ICO’s role in protecting privacy in the UK, we disagree with the preliminary views expressed and intend to formally respond to the ICO in due course.” “.

The ICO did not name the specific types of sensitive data that TikTok may have mishandled under UK law, but places in the country generally greater obligations about data that reveals a person’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, health status, sexual orientation and more.

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