Last month the ICO issued a fine of £12.5 million to TikTok in relation to:
- “Providing its services to UK children under the age of 13 and processing their personal data without consent or authorisation from their parents or carers;
- Failing to provide proper information to people using the platform about how their data is collected, used, and shared in a way that is easy to understand. Without that information, users of the platform, in particular children, were unlikely to be able to make informed choices about whether and how to engage with it; and
- Failing to ensure that the personal data belonging to its UK users was processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner.”
The fine is lower than the originally intended £27m as the ICO did not pursue the provisional finding in relation to the unlawful use of special category data.