Dutch data protection agency fines TikTok for privacy


The Hague, The Netherlands — The Dutch Data Protection Agency said Thursday that many children using popular video sharing apps couldn’t understand the information and told TikTok € 750,000 (885,000) for failing to provide a privacy statement in Dutch. He said he had fined the dollar).

By not providing a Dutch privacy statement, the agency said, “TikTok was unable to provide a proper explanation of how the app collects, processes, and uses personal data.”

TikTok has about 3.5 million users in the Netherlands, and Dutch privacy law states that “it is based on the principle that you always need to have a clear idea of ​​what is happening with your personal data.” ..

Data protection officials said TikTok “challenged the fine.”

In a statement, TikTok said in a statement that the privacy policy and “a shorter, more accessible version for younger users, available in Dutch since July 2020, has been accepted by the Dutch Data Protection Agency as a solution to this problem. “.

Also, to protect the privacy of minors over the last 18 months, we’ve set accounts 13 to 15 years old private by default, and allowed direct messaging only to users 16 and older. He added that he made other changes.

Last month, Dutch consumer group Consumentenbond said it had begun billing € 1.5 billion ($ 1.8 billion) against TikTok, which claims to be an illegal collection of personal data from users.

The group and a foundation called Take Back Your Privacy have demanded that TikTok pay damages to 1.2 to 1.6 million Dutch children who use the app.