Bloomberg — China’s Byte Dance’s TikTok faces a £27 million ($28.9 million) fine after Britain’s privacy watchdog provisionally found the company. Data protection laws may be breached by not adequately protecting children’s information.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued a notice on Monday outlining plans for potential fines for TikTok. Temporary inventions of power include TikTok may have failed to obtain the necessary parental consent from minors using their site and may have processed certain data without a legal basis.
“While we respect the ICO’s role in protecting privacy in the UK, we disagree with the initial comments expressed and intend to respond formally to the ICO in due course,” a TikTok spokesperson said.
TikTok has come under intense scrutiny in Europe over concerns that children’s data is not secure on the social media platform. A separate investigation in Ireland, TikTok’s EU site, alleged the company misused children’s data.And is in the final stage.
“We will carefully consider any representations from TikTok before making a final decision,” the ICO said in a statement.
“We all want children to learn and enjoy the digital world, but with proper data privacy protection,” said John Edwards, Information Commissioner.
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