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The EU has struck: TikTok has been slapped with a huge penalty

The Irish Data Protection Commission found that between July 2020 and December 31, 2020, TikTok breached the GDPR’s rules for children aged 13 to 17. The agency gave the popular video-sharing app a three-month ultimatum to brings the data processing into line with the data protection regulation of the Union.

THE TikTok disagrees with the decision: according to the company, the imposed penalties refer to a setting 3 years ago, and since then the application has undergone many changes, for example, the accounts of people under 16 years of age were automatically set to private.

The Irish authority oversees dozens of tech giants, and this is not the first time it has criticized TikTok: in 2021, for example, it investigated the application because of concerns that the data of younger users was not sufficiently protected. And in 2022, a similar penalty was imposed on Meta, which operates Instagram, Zuckerberg’s company was fined 405 million euros for not handling the data of underage users properly.

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