TikTok violates children’s privacy: 750,000 euros fine

The Dutch Data Protection Authority imposes a fine of 750,000 euros on TikTok. Young children who signed up for the app could not understand the privacy rules because they were in English.

This is contrary to privacy legislation, which is based on the principle that it must always be clear what happens to your personal data.

Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to use the app at all, because TikTok thereby unlawfully gets personal data into the hands of a young, vulnerable user group.

Supervision of companies without a head office in Europe can be done from all EU Member States, while otherwise this is done primarily from the EU country with the head office. When the business was opened, the Chinese did not have a European headquarters. Well, in Ireland. The Irish regulator is not known for being strict when it comes to protecting privacy.

The Dutch Data Protection Authority bears its findings about to the Irish regulator. He must complete the investigation and make a final judgment.

TikTok has appealed the fine. In the Netherlands, the app builder has around 3.5 million users.

The Consumers’ Association and the Take Back Your Privacy Foundation are demanding compensation of 1.5 billion euros for the unlawful collection and trading of children’s personal data. To this end, the parties have recently filed a complaint.

Update 22-07-2021 17:28, reactions PR agency TikTok [1] and Consumers’ Association[2]:

[1] “We value privacy and keep our community safe, especially when it comes to our younger users. U.S privacy policy, and a shorter and more accessible version for our younger users, which has been available in Dutch since July 2020, has been accepted by the Dutch Data Protection Authority as the solution to this issue.

Over the past 18 months, as part of our continued focus on security and privacy, we have made a number of product changes. Such as setting the accounts of 13 to 15 year olds to private by default and limiting direct messaging to users 16 and older. We continue to develop new and innovative ways to make our platform a safe place for creative expression.” – A spokesperson for TikTok.

[2] Sandra Molenaar, director of the Consumers’ Association, sees the fine primarily as a signal to TikTok: “It is confirmation that TikTok has broken the law and that our claim is well-founded. It shows how strong our cause is. And hopefully it will lead TikTok to respond to our demands.” “This fine is an important first step, but it is far from sufficient and should have been much higher,” says Friederike van der Jagt, chairman of the Take Back Your Privacy Foundation. “It is a drop in the ocean, because TikTok also structurally violates other privacy rules and the consumer rights of Dutch children. We therefore demand that TikTok stop all its unlawful acts, remove the unlawfully obtained personal data, and that the Dutch children receive serious compensation.”

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Source: Mobile – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.

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