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ICO fines Tik Tok for breach of childrens’ data

TikTok has been fined £12.7m for failing to protect the privacy of children.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said after its investigation it found that the video-sharing app breached data protection law.

The ICO estimates that TikTok allowed up to 1.4 million UK children under 13 to use its platform in 2020, despite its own rules of not allowing children at that age to create an account.

Information commissioner John Edwards said by doing that, Tik Tok had failed to abide by laws put in place to make sure children are as safe in the digital world as they are in the physical world.

A TikTok spokesperson told the BBC that the platform invested heavily to stop under 13s from accessing the site.

The Commission said the breaches happened between May 2018 and July 2020.

Writing by Marian Benjamin; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu