European privacy regulator has opened probes into TikTok’s handling of user data

A key European privacy regulator has opened two probes into TikTok’s treatment of client data, adding to the popular Chinese application’s regulatory misfortunes on the two sides of the Atlantic.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, which is the European Union’s fundamental regulator for organizations like TikTok parent ByteDance that have set up their provincial central command in Ireland, said late Tuesday that it is examining the application’s preparing of kids’ data and transfers of client data to China.

The data gave not many subtleties on the probes however said it first will look at TikTok’s data protection “requirements as they identify with the handling of individual data with regards to platform settings for clients under age 18 and age verification measures for persons under 13.”

The subsequent test will focus on “transfers by TikTok of individual data to China,” the group said.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission has the authority to force fines of up to 4 percent of a company’s worldwide income. TikTok posted $34.3 billion in income last year however has developed altogether from that point forward, which means the EU might actually even out a fine worth countless dollars.

A representative for TikTok said it had executed broad policies and controls to defend client data and depends on supported techniques for data being moved from Europe, like standard contractual clauses.

“The privacy and security of the TikTok community, especially our youngest members, is our most elevated need,” the representative said.

The Irish examination echoes concerns brought by legislators up in the US, who have additionally scrutinized the application’s data protection practices and binds to the Chinese government.

In August, Sen. Marco Rubio, in the mean time, encouraged the Biden organization Tuesday to boycott TikTok in the US after the Chinese government took a board seat and halfway proprietorship in a key auxiliary of ByteDance, the company behind the stunningly popular video sharing application.

Recently, President Joe Biden requested the Commerce Department to direct an audit of safety concerns presented by TikTok and other applications even as he pulled out a bunch of Trump-time leader orders trying to boycott TikTok that had been blocked by courts.

Legislators from both the Democratic and Republican factions have raised worries about TikTok’s data collection practices.