TikTok has recently been fined by the ICO in the amount of EUR 12,700,000 for unlawfully processing the personal data of 1,400,000 children who were under the age of 13 and who used TikTok without parental consent.
The age limit for use of TikTok is, according to its own terms and conditions, set at 13 years. The fine is based on, inter alia, TikTok failing to prevent children under the age of 13 from accessing the platform, failingto delete children under the age of 13 from the platform, and failingto uncover or discover that children under the age of 13 used their platform.
The case already started in May 2018, after which the fine was first proposed to be over EUR 25,000,000. After the fine, TikTok has emphasised that it has changed its practice since the ICO began investigating the matter. Now the site uses more than merely users' self-reported ages when trying to figure out how old they are. This includes, inter alia, training the moderators to identify minors' accounts and providing tools for parents to request the deletion of their minor children's accounts.
Read more about the case here: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2023/apr/04/tiktok-fined-uk-data-protection-law-breaches
Read more about the case here: https://gdprhub.eu/index.php?title=AP_(The_Netherlands)_-_TikTok