TikTok Now Faces a Data Privacy Investigation by the UK after US Authorities Issue $6M Fine

TikTok is under investigation by the United Kingdom government for allegedly violating the GDPR, just after the US issued a $6 million fine…

Chinese media company ByteDance is facing another round of legal troubles over its popular TikTok app. 

TikToK UK Data Privacy Investigation Underway

The UK government is investigating the entity for potentially violating the GDPR or EU General Data Protection Regulation. 

It comes at a time when the popular short-form video app has just suffered a $6 million fine from the United States Federal Trade Commission over child privacy violations.

UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham told a parliamentary committee;

“We are looking at the transparency tools for children. We’re looking at the messaging system, which is completely open, we’re looking at the kind of videos that are collected and shared by children online. We do have an active investigation into TikTok right now, so watch this space.”

TikTok already faces global criticism of how it handles the safety and privacy of its core audience, which are teen users. Although TikTok requires users be at least 13 years of age, younger kids can easily sidestep the age-gate.

If the UK government finds TikTok in violation of the law, the company could face a fine of as much as $22.6 million or £17.9 million.

Bill Boyles

Bill is a freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.