TikTok Gets Slapped By EU With with 345 Million Euro Fine Over Child Privacy Violations

TikTok’s problems have just grown massively. The Irish Data Protection Commission has fined TikTok €345 million for violating the privacy of children between the ages of 13 and 17 while processing their data. Details below:

TikTok didn’t like this decision as per this:

Responding to the decision, a TikTok spokesperson sent us this 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.

TikTok also told us it is considering its next steps in light of the sanction. So the platform could seek to file a legal appeal in Ireland.

TikTok really needs to clean this stuff up as every time they get fined or called out for something like this, the trust level of TikTok which is is pretty low at the moment gets even lower. That’s not a good scenario for TikTok and it won’t end well for them.

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