Tiktok Fined €750,000 Over Privacy Issues

A sum of 750,000-euro fine has been slammed against popular video sharing app, Tiktok. The fine comes after the Dutch Data Protection Authority accused the social media platform of violating the privacy of young children in the Netherlands.

The Dutch Data Protection Authority noted that TikTok’s app installation information was in English and was difficult for young Dutch children to understand.

“By not offering their privacy statement in Dutch, TikTok failed to provide an adequate explanation of how the app collects, processes and uses personal data,” a DPA statement said.

“This is an infringement of privacy legislation, which is based on the principle that people must always be given a clear idea of what is being done with their personal data,” it added.

The data protection watchdog said it began beaming its searchlight last year into Tiktok activities, which has 3.5 million users in the Netherlands.

The EU in May said TikTok must address concerns of aggressive advertising methods targeting children in a case launched by consumer authorities in several member states.

TikTok has faced similar cases globally, and the EU claim came a month after Britain accused the video-sharing app of illegally collecting personal data from millions of children in Europe. The Trump administration had touted suspending the App permanently in the US.

The case by the EU executive came after a signal in February by the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) about TikTok’s alleged breaches of EU consumer rights.

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