Ireland to check how TikTok handles data from underage users

It became known that the Irish Data Protection Commission has started a review of the short video service TikTok. The department intends to study mechanisms for processing data of minors and means of verifying the age of children under 13 years of age. Also, the regulator monitoring the country’s compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is in force in the European Union, expressed concern about the possible transfer of data from users of the platform to China.

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In accordance with current legislation, violation of the GDPR threatens the company with a fine of up to 4% of annual income or € 20 million. in the process of opening a European headquarters to appear in Dublin.

A TikTok spokesman said that the service uses mechanisms approved by the European Union to process user data. He also assured that the company will work with the Irish regulator to resolve the issues that have arisen. A new test of the mechanisms of TikTok’s work began against the background of the rapid growth in the popularity of the service around the world, as well as concerns of the governments of several countries, which do not exclude that the platform may be used for espionage in favor of the Chinese authorities.

In the UK, TikTok is facing a separate multibillion-pound lawsuit for allegedly collecting personal data from millions of children. The plaintiffs argue that the platform collected data from underage users without obtaining explicit consent, which in the case of children is provided by their parents. TikTok denies these allegations, stating that the platform operates “Strong policy to protect all users, especially teenagers”… Previously, TikTok also faced lawsuits for the illegal processing of user data in the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, etc.

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