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European regulator probes TikTok on children’s knowledge, China ties

A key European privateness regulator has opened two probes into TikTok’s dealing with of person knowledge, including to the favored Chinese app’s regulatory woes on each side of the Atlantic. 

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, which is the European Union’s most important regulator for firms like TikTok dad or mum ByteDance which have established their regional headquarters in Ireland, said late Tuesday that it’s investigating the app’s processing of youngsters’s knowledge and transfers of person knowledge to China. 

The watchdog offered few particulars on the probes however mentioned it first will study TikTok’s knowledge safety “requirements as they relate to the processing of personal data in the context of platform settings for users under age 18 and age verification measures for persons under 13.” 

The second probe will heart on “transfers by TikTok of personal data to China,” the group mentioned. 

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has the authority to impose fines of as much as 4 % of a company’s world income. TikTok posted $34.3 billion in income final year however has grown considerably since then, that means the EU may probably degree a advantageous value tons of of thousands and thousands of {dollars}. 

The EU privateness regulator will study TikTok’s processing of youngsters’s knowledge and transfers of person knowledge to China.
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A spokesperson for TikTok mentioned it had carried out intensive insurance policies and controls to safeguard person knowledge and depends on accredited strategies for knowledge being transferred from Europe, equivalent to commonplace contractual clauses.

“The privacy and safety of the TikTok community, particularly our youngest members, is our highest priority,” the spokesperson mentioned.

The Irish investigation echoes considerations raised by lawmakers within the US, who’ve additionally questioned the app’s knowledge safety practices and ties to the Chinese authorities.

In August, Sen. Marco Rubio, in the meantime, urged the Biden administration Tuesday to ban TikTok within the US after the Chinese authorities took a board seat and partial possession in a key subsidiary of ByteDance, the company behind the wildly standard video sharing app.  

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission is the European Union’s most important regulator for firms like TikTok dad or mum ByteDance which have established their regional headquarters in Ireland.
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Earlier this year, President Joe Biden ordered the Commerce Department to conduct a review of safety considerations posed by TikTok and different apps whilst he withdrew a set of Trump-era govt orders searching for to ban TikTok that had been blocked by courts. 

Senators from each the Democratic and Republican events have raised considerations about TikTok’s knowledge assortment practices. 

With Post wires