The Italian regulators turned their gaze towards ICT tock this week after the tragic death of a 10 year old girl.
On Thursday, the Italian Data Protection Authority (GPDP) ordered maker of a popular social media app to stop processing any user data in an “age indeterminate” country. This step essentially places an immediate hold on all but age verified accounts.
The interim measures will run through February 15, during which the GPDP will announce how it intends to move forward in the long term. According to TikTok Europe Personal policy, “TikTok is not intended for children under the age of 13.”
Licia Ronzulli, president of Italy commission for childhood and youth, fighting for the GPDP move.
“The safety of minors must be protected at all costs and must not, as happened to #Palermo, allow social networks to engage in suicide,” he wrote on Friday (translation via Twitter).
The problem was the death of a child who, according to the Guardian, is trying to participate in a viral “blackout challenge”.
“The safety of the TikTok community is our absolute priority, for this motive we do not allow any content that encourages, promotes or glorifies behavior that could be dangerous,” a TikTok spokesperson told the Guardian.
This isn’t the first time TikTok has gotten into trouble in Italy. Just last December, GPDP starting the official process against companies for issues related to minors on its platform.
“The TikTok registration ban for children under 13 is easily circumvented by entering the wrong birth date,” the announcement reads. “As such, TikTok does not prevent children from registering nor does it check that Italian privacy laws are being followed – indeed, in Italy, registration of children under 14 with social networks requires consent to be passed by the parent or parental authority. .. “
In particular, it is currently unclear what form of age verification GPDP requires for TikTok users.
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