TikTok has been fined £12.7m for a number of data protection law breaches, including failing to use children’s personal data lawfully.
The video sharing app faced a fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of £27m, but the final total has been reduced to £12.7m.
It added that personal data belonging to those children was used without parental consent and that the company did not do enough to check who was using the social media app and take enough action to remove the underage children that were.
An investigation which was conducted by the ICO found the app breached data protection law between May 2018 and July 2020.
In September, the ICO issued TikTok with a “notice of intent” to hand down a potential fine.
Information commissioner John Edwards said: “There are laws in place to make sure our children are as safe in the digital world as they are in the physical world. TikTok did not abide by those laws.
“As a consequence, an estimated one million under 13s were inappropriately granted access to the platform, with TikTok collecting and using their personal data. That means that their data may have been used to track them and profile them, potentially delivering harmful, inappropriate content at their very next scroll.
“TikTok should have known better. TikTok should have done better. Our £12.7m fine reflects the serious impact their failures may have had.”