Tiktok might face a fine of 27 million pounds ($28.91 million) after a claim that the app may have violated UK data protection laws by failing to protect the privacy of children who use the app.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) filed a “notice of intent” against the company after discovering that TikTok may have processed data of children under the age of 13 without adequate parental consent and failed to offer the necessary information to its users in a transparent way.
“Companies providing digital services have a legal duty to put those protections in place, but our provisional view is that TikTok fell short of meeting that requirement,” Information Commissioner John Edwards said.
However in an email to Reuters, TikTok spokesperson disagreed with the investigation result:
“While we respect the ICO’s role in safeguarding privacy in the UK, we disagree with the preliminary views expressed and intend to formally respond to the ICO in due course,”
The ICO investigation stated that TikTok breached UK data protection law between May 2018 and July 2020.