Bite-Sized Trouble: TikTok Faced with Hefty GDPR Fine Over Child Data Misuse
Major Points of the Story:
- TikTok handed a €345 million (about $368 million) penalty by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC).
- The fine follows a violation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to TikTok’s misuse of children’s data.
- The investigation into this issue was initiated in September 2021.
TikTok’s Clock Ticks Out a Hefty Fine
It appears that the digital hourglass has run out for TikTok, at least in some sense. The social media platform, notorious for making people dance in their living rooms, has been hit with a “can’t dance around this” kind of fine – a whopping €345 million (or roughly $368 million), courtesty of the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC). Just like the viral dance challenges, this is a trend TikTok would have preferred not to set.
Protecting the Sprouts’ Data: GDPR Violation
Giving credit where credit is due, the European Union surely does a commendable job protecting the little ones’ data. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is its sword and shield. And this sword has recently pierced TikTok for violating the rules and principles of GDPR. The DPC began its riveting journey of investigation back in September 2021.
Examining the Underage Cyber Footprints
So, what exactly raised the DPC’s eyebrow? Well, before we take this dance off the floor, keep in mind, the DPC is like a watchful parent when it comes to how data relating to child users is processed, especially for those youngsters lounging between the ages of 13 to 18 years, scrolling away on TikTok.
In a nutshell, TikTok found itself in a data dance-off with the Irish Data Protection Commission and tripped over the GDPR guidelines. The result was an eye-watering penalty of €345 million, following an investigation into the mishandling of children’s data on the platform. TikTok showed that while it might have the rhythm for viral dances, it needs to work on its step when it comes to moving with GDPR rules.
Final Dad Joke:
Why don’t digital watchdogs trust TikTok? Why, because they have heard it often ticks off regulations!