Turkey imposes a fine on the “Tik Tok” application

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The Personal Data Protection Board of Turkey imposed a fine on the Chinese application TikTok for displaying children’s personal information, collecting data in an unauthorized manner, and violating the law.

This came within the framework of an investigation conducted by the Council against the backdrop of complaints about the application’s failure to obtain “express approval” in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Law No. 6698, and the existence of irregularities in obtaining and storing personal data, and that it contains many security gaps.

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According to the text of the decision published on the council’s website on Wednesday, the investigation included examining the privacy policy and terms of service.

It was found that TikTok had performed an update in January 2021 and changed the default privacy settings for user accounts between the ages of 13 and 15.

In this regard, the council decided to impose a fine on the application, amounting to one million and 750 thousand Turkish liras (about 93 thousand US dollars).