The Data Protection Authority of the Netherlands said Thursday that TikTok was fined 750,000 euros ($885,000) because it did not provide a privacy statement. This is because many children who use the video-sharing app will be unable understand the information.
According to the agency, by not providing a Dutch-language privacy statement, TikTok “failed to provide adequate explanations of how the app collects and processes personal data.”
According to TikTok, there are approximately 3.5 million users in The Netherlands. It also stated that the Dutch privacy law “is based on the principle of transparency and accountability for individuals regarding the use of their personal data.”
According to the data protection authority, TikTok “lodged an object to the fine.” However, the company didn’t immediately respond to an email asking for comment.
Last month, Dutch consumer group Consumentenbond said it was launching a 1.5 billion euro ($1.8 billion) claim against TikTok over what it alleges is unlawful harvesting of personal data from users.
A group called Take Back Your Privacy and TikTok demanded damages be paid to the app’s users by children from 1.2 million to 1.5 million Dutch.