The European Union’s data privacy regulator has opened two probes into Chinese-owned video app TikTok regarding the processing of children’s personal data and alleged transfers of user information to China.
Ireland’s Data Privacy Commission (DPC), TikTok’s main EU regulator, launched two inquiries into TikTok’s compliance with Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The DPC said it will probe on whether TikTok has followed the GDPR’s limits on processing children’s data—children aged below 13 years old are considered unable to consent to their data being used.
In August, TikTok made teenagers’ accounts more private amid criticisms that the app did not protect children from inappropriate content.
The Irish regulator will also look into the legality of TikTok transferring user information to third countries, particularly China.
However, since there are still no adequate measures regarding data transfers out of Europe, the DPC has been criticized for a hasty inquiry.
“The privacy and safety of the TikTok community, particularly our youngest members, is a top priority,” TikTok told TechCrunch, maintaining that the company intends to fully cooperate with the DPC.
Companies can be fined up to 4 percent of their annual global revenues if found non-compliant with the GDPR. TikTok’s owner ByteDance reported $34.3 billion in revenues last year.
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