TikTok was slapped with a nearly $370 million (345 million euros) fine Friday by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC), which determined the social media platform violated several European Union privacy laws in its handling of children’s data.
The DPC said its investigation into how TikTok processed children’s data from July 31, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020, found the app owned by Beijing-based Bytedance deserved a reprimand, an order to bring its processing into compliance within a three-month period and the hefty fine.
The DPC is the lead regulator in the EU for many global tech firms due to the location of its regional headquarters in Ireland, and the regulator said TikTok’s breaches included how in 2020 accounts for users under the age of 16 were set to “public” by default and that TikTok did not verify whether a user was actually a child user’s parent or guardian when linked through the “family pairing” feature.
A spokesperson for TikTok said it disagreed with the decision,…
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