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South Korea: KCC fines TikTok KRW 186M for data collection without consent from minors

OneTrust DataGuidance confirmed with Minchae Kang and Kwang Bae, partners at Lee & Ko, on 27 July 2020, that the Korean Communications Commission ('KCC') had issued administrative fines totalling KRW 186 million (approx. €132,300) against Tik Tok Pte. Ltd. In particular, the KCC had launched an investigation into TikTok since October 2019 and following the completion of the investigation in July 2020, it had fined the company on two counts of penalties. Minchae Kang and Kwang Bae clarified that the penalties consisted of "a penalty surcharge of KRW 180 million (approx. €128,100) for collecting personal information of minors under 14 without the consent of their legal representatives and a fine of KRW 6 million (approx. €4,200) for failing to disclose information regarding the transfer of personal information overseas." Lastly, Minchae Kang and Kwang Bae noted that the KCC has released only a "summary on this case without disclosing any official disposition records or meeting minutes."