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TikTok’s lead EU regulator opens two data privacy probes

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  • TikTok’s lead data privacy regulator within the European Union has opened two inquiries.
  • The second probe will specialize in transfers by TikTok of private data to China.
  • the watchdog has faced criticism from other European regulators

TikTok’s lead data privacy regulator within the European Union has opened two inquiries.

TikTok in August announced stricter privacy controls for teenagers

TikTok’s lead data privacy regulator within the European Union has opened two inquiries , seeking to deal with criticism that it does not protect children from hidden advertising and inappropriate content.

Owned by China’s ByteDance, TikTok has grown rapidly around the world, particularly among teenagers.

The first of the probes relates “to the processing of private data within the context of platform settings for users under age 18 and age verification measures for persons under 13,” the info Protection Commission said during a statement.

The second probe will specialize in transfers by TikTok of private data to China

The second probe will specialize in transfers by TikTok of private data to China and whether the corporate complies with EU data law in its transfers of private data to countries outside the bloc, the statement said.

Ireland’s data watchdog earlier this month levied a record EUR 225 million (roughly Rs. 1.960 crores) fine on Facebook’s WhatsApp under the EU’s 2018 General Data Protection Regulation law (GDPR).

But the watchdog has faced criticism from other European regulators at the speed of its inquiries and therefore the severeness of its sanctions.

The Irish regulator had 27 international inquiries ongoing at the top of last year, including 14 into Facebook and its subsidiaries.

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