The Hague – Netherlands: The Dutch Data Protection Authority (Dutch DPA) on Thursday fined TikTok € 750,000, saying the company had violated the privacy of personal data of young children in the Netherlands.

The Dutch Data Protection Authority noted that TikTok’s app installation information was in English and was not readily understood by young Dutch children.

By not offering their privacy statement in Dutch, TikTok failed to provide an adequate explanation of how the app collects, processes and uses personal data. This is an infringement of privacy legislation, which is based on the principle that people must always be given a clear idea of what is being done with their personal data.

DPA Statement

The Dutch regulator said it launched an investigation last year on this platform, which has 3.5 million users in the Netherlands. In May, the European Commission launched an action against TikTok, accusing it of using disguised advertising and targeting children in several member states.

TikTok objected to the fine, the DPA noted

In response, TikTok implemented a number of changes to make its app safer for children. TikTok said its privacy policy and a shorter and more accessible summary for younger users, have been available in Dutch since July 2020.

The Dutch Data Protection Authority has accepted this as resolving the matter.

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