The UK mentioned Monday it may impose a multimillion-dollar superb on TikTok after the federal government discovered the short-form video platform might have violated kids’s privateness.
The potential superb of £27 million, or about $29 million, follows an investigation by the UK’s information privateness regulator, which discovered that over the course of two years from Could 2018 to July 2020, TikTok might have breached UK regulation by processing information of youngsters underneath 13 with out parental consent.
In a authorized doc notifying TikTok of the doable superb, the UK Info Commissioner’s Workplace additionally mentioned TikTok might have processed delicate classes of information “with out authorized grounds,” and will have failed to supply info to its customers transparently sufficient.
“All of us need kids to have the ability to study and expertise the digital world, however with correct information privateness protections,” mentioned Info Commissioner John Edwards in a assertion. “Firms offering digital companies have a authorized responsibility to place these protections in place, however our provisional view is that TikTok fell in need of assembly that requirement.”
In an announcement, TikTok mentioned: “Whereas we respect the ICO’s function in safeguarding privateness within the UK, we disagree with the preliminary views expressed and intend to formally reply to the ICO sooner or later.”
The ICO didn’t title the precise kinds of delicate information TikTok might have mishandled underneath UK regulation, however usually the nation locations greater obligations on information that reveals an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political views, spiritual beliefs, well being standing, sexual orientation and extra.