The Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP) on Thursday fined TikTok € 750,000, arguing that the social network had violated the privacy of personal data of young children in the Netherlands.
CBP observed that the application installation information was written in English, therefore difficult to understand for Dutch children.
“By not offering its privacy statement in Dutch, TikTok has failed to provide an adequate explanation of how the app collects, processes and uses personal data,” CBP said in a statement.
“This is a violation of privacy legislation, which is based on the principle that people should always have a clear idea of what is being done with their personal data,” explained the organization.
The Dutch regulator said it launched an investigation last year on this platform, which has 3.5 million users in the Netherlands.
In May, the European Commission launched an action against TikTok, accusing it of using disguised advertising and targeting children in several member states.
This action followed a complaint lodged in February with the Commission by the European Bureau of Consumers’ Unions (BEUC), which brings together consumer defense associations from 32 countries in Europe.