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TikTok faces privacy fine in UK children’s data probe

Social media app, TikTok, could face a £27 million fine for breaching UK data protection law involving children’s privacy for more than two years, the Information Commissioner’s Office did disclose.

The watchdog has issued TikTok with a “notice of intent” a legal document that precedes a potential fine.

The ICO investigation discovered the company may have processed the data of children under the age of 13 without appropriate parental consent. 

It added that it may also have failed to provide proper information to its users in a concise, transparent, and easily understood way and processed special category data, without legal grounds to do so.

The ICO said its findings are provisional, no conclusion should be drawn that there had been a breach of data protection law or a fine would be imposed and that it would consider any representations by TikTok before reaching a final conclusion.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas, Editing by Omotola Oguneye