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EU To Investigate The Security And Data Processing Of TikTok

EU To Investigate The Security And Data Processing Of TikTok
EU To Investigate The Security And Data Processing Of TikTok

A thorough investigation decision was made after the application caused national security concerns in the US.

The Short video application owned by Chinese company TikTok faces new regulatory oversight in Europe after it raises concerns about national security in the United States.

The European Data Protection Commission (EDPB) has set up a task force to investigate data processing activities and privacy practices of apps owned by ByteDance across the European Union.

The EDPB said its move was a response to European Parliament Member Moritz Korner's concerns about TikTok's security and privacy risks.

In a letter filed in November 2019 to the European Parliament, Korner cited a US fine of 2019 against TikTok for illegal collection of personal information from children. He asked whether the European Commission contacted the EDPB about the potential security risks of TikTok following a U.S. move to investigate ByteDance's 2017 acquisition of US social media apps.

In response to Korner's letter, the EDPB said in a statement that it had issued guidelines for all companies to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The privacy watchdog emphasizes the importance of guidelines, especially when transferring personal data to countries outside the EU and processing minors' data.

TikTok says its top priority is protecting users' privacy and security. 
"We are happy to work with EDPB and support their work." 

the company told Caixin.

GDPR, issued in May 2018, aims to harmonize data protection across Europe. Extensive laws have forced businesses to change the way they collect and use personal information.

In the two years since the GDPR took effect, more than 1,300 fines have been imposed with cumulative amounts totaling 450 million euros ($ 509 million).

In January 2019, Google received the largest ever penalty, 50 million euros, for failing to disclose exactly to users how to collect data on its services.

GDPR sets the maximum penalty for violations of 20 million euros or 4% of global annual sales - whichever is higher.
With TikTok, users can create short videos with special effects often containing clips from pop songs. This app has become extremely popular among teenagers.

TikTok has been downloaded more than 2 billion times globally, making it the most downloaded non-game app, according to Sensor Tower estimates. European users spent $ 11 million on the app in 2019, the data shows.

Prior to the EDPB's actions, European regulators raised concerns about TikTok's potential risk to user privacy.
Last month, the Dutch Data Protection Authority opened an app survey to check if the information TikTok provided when children installed and used the app was easy to understand and explained how to collect it.

Collection, processing and use of personal data or not. Authorities are also checking whether the application needs parental consent for TikTok to collect and use data on young users.

To ease the privacy crisis, TikTok embarked on a series of public relations moves, including hiring cybersecurity veteran Roland Cloutier as Chief Information Security Officer last month.

A number of US government agencies addressing national security and intelligence issues have banned employees from using this app. Republican Senator Josh Hawley is proposing a law banning all federal employees from using it.

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