TikTok fined €345m for breaking EU data law on children’s accounts
- TikTok has been fined €345m by the Irish Data Protection Commission for privacy breaches, including making teenagers’ accounts publicly viewable by default and allowing children under 13 to sign up.
- TikTok disputes the findings, stating that it had already made changes to address the issues before the investigation began in September 2021. The company updated its family pairing feature and made under-16s’ accounts private by default.
- The Irish Data Protection Commission has been criticized for being slow in its investigations, but this fine is larger than previous penalties issued by the regulator. There is an ongoing investigation into whether TikTok illegally transferred data from the EU to China.