Chinese app allowed 1.4m under-13s to sign up in 2020 alone, ICO says
TikTok has been fined £12.7m by the privacy watchdog for illegally using over a million young children’s personal data.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said that the viral video app had allowed 1.4m under-13s to sign up in 2020 alone, despite claiming to ban them from the service.
The ICO said the Chinese-owned video sharing app had failed to check people’s ages and remove underage users from the service.
UK data laws require apps such as TikTok to seek parental consent when children under 13 sign up.
John Edwards, the Information Commissioner, said: “An estimated one million under 13s were inappropriately granted access to the platform, with TikTok collecting and using their personal data.
“That means that their data may have been used to track them and profile them, potentially delivering harmful, inappropriate content at their very next scroll.
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