EU Watchdog to Check TikTok
The European Data Protection Committee announced a decision to create a working group to monitor activities of the TikTok social network in the European Union. TikTok is a service for creating and viewing short videos, owned by the Beijing company ByteDance.
In particular, it is about the transfer of personal data to third countries – the conditions for access to personal data from government agencies or the processing of data by minors. The group was created in response to a request of a European MP, who expressed concern about the collection of personal data by this social network.
According to Sensor Tower, TikTok was the most popular application in the first quarter of 2020 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, because of which people were forced to stay in quarantine at home.
The EU Personal Data Protection Act was enacted to put pressure on corporations such as Facebook and Google, which European authorities have repeatedly accused of misuse of user information. The adoption of the new regulation on the protection of personal data was a reaction to the scandal around Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, which resulted in data leakage of 87 million users.