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Irish data watchdog will investigate TikTok over its handling of user data

China-owned video sharing platform TikTok faces two inquiries from a data regulator in the European Union (EU) over the processing of children’s information and the transfer of user data to China.

According to a statement issued on 15 September, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) said that it has previously said that it will not allow personal data in the context of platform settings for users under the age of 18 and age verification measures for persons under the age of 13. See processing.

The second investigation will examine whether TikTok transfers user data from the European Union to China, where its parent company ByteDance is located.

According to a report in The Irish Times, Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon warned of data transfer issues in March.

“TikTok tells us that EU data is transferred to the United States, not China. However, we understand that there is [a] There is a possibility that maintenance and AI engineers in China could access the data,” the report said, citing Dixon’s speech at an online event.

In July, the Dutch Data Protection Authority fined TikTok $885,000 for not making a privacy statement in Dutch. The agency said children may not understand how the app collects, processes and uses personal data.

The Netherlands’ privacy regulator said in a statement that it had transferred many of the results of its investigation to the Irish Data Protection Commission as TikTok established operations in Ireland during the investigation.

The EU’s strict privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), allows only one regulator to oversee the operations of multinationals in the bloc.

Monique Verdier, deputy chairperson of the Netherlands Data Watchdog, said in the statement, “From that time, the DPA was only authorized to assess TikTok’s privacy statement as the breach had already been perpetrated.”

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“It is now up to the Data Protection Commission of Ireland to complete our investigation and issue a final decision on other potential breaches of privacy investigated by the DPA.”

Companies can be fined up to 4 percent of their global revenue under the GDPR. ByteDance reported earnings of $34.3 billion in 2020, up 111 percent year-on-year.

Ireland’s privacy watchdog fined WhatsApp a record $265 million for violating GDPR earlier this month. The regulator said it had received complaints about how the app processes personal data, including from users and those not using WhatsApp, since the GDPR came into force in 2018.

“This includes information provided to data subjects regarding the processing of information between WhatsApp and other Facebook companies,” according to the statement.

TikTok is being criticized in the United States due to the security concerns of its Chinese owner.

“The danger is that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) … could use TikTok to gather sensitive information about Americans,” said Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) in a previous interview with The Epoch Times. said in.

The Trump administration attempted to ban TikTok in August 2020, saying the app could be used by CCPs to spy on Americans, but the order was never implemented as a result of several court orders. President Joe Biden rescinded the ban in June, instead directing the Commerce Department to review apps that have links to the Chinese regime for national security risks.

Cathy He contributed to this report.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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