Sian Stephens examines the ICO’s recent fine of the social media giant

A notice of intent (a legal document that precedes a fine) was issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to the Chinese-owned app TikTok in September 2022. It has been stated that between May 2018 and July 2020, TikTok may have processed the data of children under the age of 13 without appropriate parental consent. TikTok had failed to provide proper information to its users in a concise, transparent and easily understandable way. The ICO said TikTok may have processed special category data, which is more sensitive personal data requiring additional protection – including ethnic and racial origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, trade union membership and genetic, biometric or health dat...

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