Is TikTok giving our data to China?  The EU opens investigations to find out

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has confirmed that the European Union (EU) is conducting multiple investigations into the platform TikTok for the treatment of confidential user data that has been transferred to China and advertising directed at minors.

Through this investigation, the European Union intends to make sure of than social network of Chinese origin complies with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (RGPD).

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For this, as reported by von der Leyen through a statement, an investigation has been launched by the Irish D.P.A.which will inspect the data processing and advertising directed at minors, as well as the transfer of data to China. These practices are also in dispute in the Dutch courts.

TikTok’s data practices, including with respect to international data transfers, are the subject of several ongoing proceedings.”, can be read in the letter from the president of the European Commission Shared by Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Brendan Carr on Twitter.

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These investigation processes opened by the European Union are preceded by a report of BuzzFeedNewsin which it is detailed that TikTok had repeatedly accessed US user data from China through its parent company ByteDance, discovered thanks to the leak of 80 audios of internal TikTok meetings.

In this framework, the Members of the European Parliament sent their concerns to European Comission requesting to address the situation with a view to a possible similar scenario in the EU. “It would be a grave mistake to let this happen.”, they stated in the letter sent to the European Commission.

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In this regard, Brendan Carr already positioned himself a few months ago against TikTok, warning that it is not “yet another video app“, but collects swaths of sensitive data that you access. He, moreover, has insisted that It should be removed from the Apple and Google app stores.

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