Tuesday, August 16, 2022

TikTok has been fined $155,000 in South Korea for mishandling child data

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The most controversial Chinese video making app TikTok is again in the title, in South Korea this time. South Korea fined the social media application for mishandling child data.

The job is done by the Korean Communications Commission (KCC) that is responsible to regulate and monitor the state’s telecommunication section as well as the data related issues. It fined TikTok a 186 million own, that’s approximately 155,000 USD. The reason is, as I mentioned earlier, the ByteDance app can’t protect users’ private data, mainly of the youngsters. The amount is around 3% of the company sale in a year in South Korea.


KCC started investigating this issue in October last year and the results they get – TikTok collects data of the young users, specifically under the age of 14 users without taking permission from their legal guardians. Besides, it is also come to know that TikTok collected a minimum of 6,0007 units of child data from 31st May of 2017 to December 2019 and uses four cloud services. The cloud service provider names are Alibaba Cloud, Fastly, Edgecast, and Firebase.

The negative impacts on the Chinese apps, especially on TikTok are growing day by day. It gets the boost from India when the Indian Government banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok for public data security reasons.


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Anupam Modak
Anupam Modak
A CS Engineer and Tech Enthusiast who likes to fiddle with the latest gadgets and tech happenings around the world.


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