TikTok to be scrutinised over use of personal data

TikTok, the video-driven social media platform, is facing two separate inquiries from Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC).

The data regulator announced on Tuesday that it was examining TikTok’s compliance with Europe’s GDPR requirements in its processing of children’s personal data.

The DPC is also looking at the issue of transfers of data to China, where TikTok’s parent Bytedance is based to see if they comply with the obligations set down by EU data protection law.

Uncurated access

TikTok is very popular with teenagers, with about one-third of users reported to be aged between 10 and 19. The platform requires users to be aged at least 13 to have full uncurated access. Younger users often bypass this requirement by inserting a false birthdate.

The first DPC inquiry will examine the age verification measures used by the platform to ensure people under the age of 13 do not have free use of the site.

It will also look at the processing of personal data in the context of platform settings for users under the age of 18, as well as transparency requirements on how such data is processed.


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