Eire’s Knowledge Safety Fee has opened two investigations into TikTok, specializing in the platform’s dealing with of kids’s private information, and the switch of knowledge to China, the place TikTok’s mother or father firm is predicated.

The inquiries have been introduced by the Knowledge Safety Fee (DPC) on Tuesday, with the primary to research whether or not TikTok complies with the European Basic Knowledge Safety Regulation (GDPR) and separate Irish legislation relating to “platform settings for customers beneath age 18 and age verification measures for individuals beneath 13.”

The second inquiry will look at “transfers by Tiktok of non-public information to China.” No additional info was given by the DPC.

DPC launches two inquiries into TikTok regarding compliance with GDPR necessities referring to the processing of childrens’ private information and transfers of information to China https://t.co/wxyS4HaSnl [pic.twitter.com/rQNUkdmtmz]

— Knowledge Safety Fee Eire (@DPCIreland) [September 14, 2021]

TikTok, owned by Chinese language tech agency ByteDance, has headquarters in a number of European international locations, however its group in Dublin is liable for overseeing the privateness of all 100 million European customers.

Most main tech companies, together with Google, Apple, Fb, and Twitter, have their European headquarters in Eire, owing largely to the nation’s low company tax fee. As such, it has fallen on the DPC to make sure that these companies adjust to Europe-wide information privateness legal guidelines. The DPC has been accused, nevertheless, of neglecting to do its job.

Whereas the DPC issued a file €225 million ($266 million) tremendous to WhatsApp earlier this month, a report by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, printed on Monday, discovered that the DPC has not but taken motion in 98% of GDPR circumstances referred to Eire.

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“Three and a half years after the introduction of the GDPR, EU GDPR enforcement in opposition to Massive Tech is paralysed by Eire’s failure to ship draft choices on main cross-border circumstances,” the report learn.

The report highlighted underfunding and the comparatively excessive quantity of circumstances the DPC handles in comparison with regulators in different EU states as causes for the “bottleneck.”

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