Dayanand Patel

TikTok fined €345 million over children's data breach: EU regulator's decision

- EU regulator fines TikTok €345 million for children's data breach. – Conclusion of a two-year investigation by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC). - Highlights issues related to GDPR compliance, default settings, and age verification measures

- TikTok was fined €345 million, which is equivalent to $369 million. - Shows the EU's commitment to regulating the business practices of tech giants.


- Ireland's DPC plays a key role in enforcing the GDPR. - Started investigation in September 2021.

- No violations were found regarding age verification for users under 13 years of age.

- Checking TikTok's compliance with the GDPR related to platform settings and personal data processing for users under 18 years of age.

- Criticism of TikTok's default settings, which made children's accounts public by default. - Anyone can view or comment on their content.

Default Settings

- TikTok's "Family Pairing" mode was tested. - Highlighted lack of verification of parent or guardian status.

- Dublin's role as the European headquarters for tech giants like TikTok, Google, Meta and X. - Ireland at the center of GDPR enforcement.

Mention of the DPC's record 1.2 billion euro fine on Meta for data transfer violations.

Previous record good

- TikTok "respectfully disagrees" with the decision. - Claims that the criticisms relate to features from three years ago, which have since been addressed. - Emphasizes monitoring of age of users and taking action against violations.

– Importance of the GDPR in technology regulation since its implementation in 2018. - EU efforts to impose tough new restrictions on digital giants continue.