The Irish Data Protection Commission has opened two investigations into TikTok, which focused on the platform’s processing of children’s personal data and the transfer of information to China, where TikTok’s parent company is based.
The investigations were announced by the Data Protection Commission (DPC) on Tuesday, the first to determine whether TikTok complies with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and separate Irish law regarding “Platform settings for users under 18 and age verification metrics for those under 13.”
The second survey will examine “Transfers by Tiktok of personal data to China”. No other information was given by the DPC.
TikTok, owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, is headquartered in several European countries, but its team in Dublin is responsible for monitoring the privacy of 100 million European users.
Most of the big tech companies, including Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter, have their European headquarters in Ireland, largely due to the country’s low corporate tax rate. As such, it is the responsibility of the DPC to ensure that these companies comply with European data privacy laws. The DPC, however, has been accused of neglecting to do its job.
While the DPC fined WhatsApp a record 225 million euros ($ 266 million) earlier this month, an Irish Civil Liberties Council report released on Monday found that the DPC did not had not yet taken action in 98% of the GDPR cases referred. in Ireland.
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“Three and a half years after the introduction of the GDPR, the EU’s GDPR enforcement against big tech is crippled by Ireland’s inability to deliver draft decisions on key cross-border cases” the report read.
The report highlighted the underfunding and relatively high volume of cases handled by the DPC compared to regulators in other EU states as reasons for the “neck.”
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