There are also allegations on TikTok like data theft and security threat. Due to this many restrictions have been imposed on the platform in countries like India, America, Britain, and Denmark.
There has been a major crackdown in Europe on the Chinese short-form video platform TikTok. A fine of $368 million i.e. about Rs 3059 crore has been imposed on the platform for violating European data privacy rules. Let us tell you that before this, allegations like data theft and threat to security have been made on TikTok. Due to this many restrictions have been imposed on the platform in countries like India, America, Britain, and Denmark.
TikTok fined Rs 3,000 crore
European regulators have fined TikTok US$368 million for failing to protect children’s privacy. The platform has been accused of violating data privacy rules before, but this is the first time that the platform has been punished for violating Europe’s strict data privacy rules.
Ireland’s Data Protection Commission said it was fining TikTok 345 million euros and reprimanding the platform for violations that occurred in the second half of 2020. Let us tell you that this Commission is the main privacy regulator for Big Tech companies, whose European headquarters is in Dublin, the capital of Ireland.
TikTok is a threat to children – regulator
The investigation found that the sign-up process for teenage users exposed settings that made their accounts public by default. With the account becoming public, anyone was allowed to watch and comment on their videos. The regulator says the default settings also posed a risk to children under 13 who gained access to the platform without permission.
The regulator says the platform’s security policies are not strong enough and despite having a family pairing feature, it allowed children aged 16 and 17 to enable direct messaging without their parents’ consent.
TikTok disagrees with the regulator’s decision
After this fine from the regulator, the platform has given its own clarification. TikTok said in a statement that it disagrees with the decision, particularly the level of the fine imposed. The company said the regulator’s criticisms focused on three-year-old features and settings. TikTok said it had made changes well before the investigation began in September 2021, including making all accounts private by default for teens under 16 and blocking direct messages for children ages 13 to 15. Included.