TikTok fined over $16 million in the UK


  • TikTok breached its own guidelines
  • impose punishment on TikTok
  • impose punishment on TikTok

The UK data regulator has fined TikTok £12.7 million ($15.9 million) for many violations of data protection rules, including the improper use of children's personal information.

TikTok breached its own guidelines

According to the UK's Information Commissioner's Office, TikTok broke its own guidelines by allowing more than a million minors under the age of 13 to use its platform in 2020.

On Tuesday, the ICO claimed that TikTok had not done enough to verify the ages of its users, had not taken steps to remove minors, and had not offered enough transparency on the collection and use of user data. Infractions occurring between May 2018 and July 2020 are subject to the monetary penalty.

The UK's Information Commissioner, John Edwards, has stated, "There are regulations in place to make sure your children are as secure in the digital world as they are in the real world." TikTok did not follow such regulations.

"TikTok should have known better," he said. If only TikTok had succeeded more!

TikTok disagrees with the ICO's decision, according to a business  spokeswoman and who told that the firm "invest[s] extensively to assist keep under 13s off the internet."

The representative said that the platform's safety is ensured by a staff of 40,000 people who work nonstop to ensure the community's well-being.

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The penalty was levied as a growing number of Western nations abandoned the Chinese-owned video streaming service.

Prohibition of use TikTok

Earlier on Tuesday, Australia's attorney-general declared that the nation will prohibit TikTok usage on government equipment "as soon as practical," citing security concerns.

The governments of the United States, UK, and Canada have all declared similar prohibitions, and as of late March, the app was scheduled to be withdrawn from all smartphones inside New Zealand's parliament. 


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