TikTok’s Lead EU Regulator Opens Two Data Privacy Probes

TikTok’s Lead EU Regulator Opens Two Data Privacy Probes

TikTok’s lead knowledge privateness regulator within the European Union has opened two inquiries into the Chinese-owned short-video platform associated to the processing of kids’s private knowledge and transfers of non-public knowledge to China.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, which is the lead EU regulator for most of the world’s high Internet corporations as a result of location of their regional headquarters, is allowed to impose fines of as much as 4 p.c of world income.

TikTok in August introduced stricter privateness controls for youngsters, searching for to deal with criticism that it has failed to guard youngsters from hidden promoting and inappropriate content material.

Owned by China’s ByteDance, TikTok has grown quickly all over the world, notably amongst youngsters.

The first of the probes relates “to the processing of non-public knowledge within the context of platform settings for customers below age 18 and age verification measures for individuals below 13,” the Data Protection Commission mentioned in a press release.

The second probe will give attention to transfers by TikTok of non-public knowledge to China and whether or not the corporate complies with EU knowledge legislation in its transfers of non-public knowledge to nations outdoors the bloc, the assertion mentioned.

Ireland’s knowledge watchdog earlier this month levied a document EUR 225 million (roughly Rs. 1.960 crores) high-quality on Facebook’s WhatsApp below the EU’s 2018 General Data Protection Regulation legislation (GDPR).

But the watchdog has confronted criticism from different European regulators on the velocity of its inquiries and the severeness of its sanctions.

The Irish regulator had 27 worldwide inquiries in progress on the finish of final 12 months, together with 14 into Facebook and its subsidiaries.

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