Ireland’s data regulator The social network TikTok has been fined 345 million euros for violating community regulations Youth protectionas reported this Friday.
The Data Protection Commission (DPC) announced in a statement its decision to penalize the video platform for its practices between July 31, 2020 and December 31 this year, although the company claims it has changed them since then.
The social network By default, accounts belonging to minors were opened to the general public.This makes it possible for adults to access it and send direct messages to their owners.
The DPC, which regulates the platform within the EU, stated that its investigation launched in September 2021 revealed this They violated eight clauses of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due, among other things, to the lack of transparent provision of information for underage users.
That was also taken into consideration TikTok has not taken into account the risks to children under 13 who had access to the platform despite this being the minimum age to open an account.
This decision by the DPC comes after the platform has already suffered a fine of 12.7 million pounds (14.8 million euros) imposed by the British regulator in April processes the data of 1.4 million children under the age of 13 who used the Internet without parental consent.
All accounts opened by minors under 16 since 2021 are enabled by default private by defaultso that only people authorized by the user can access the content.