The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) has launched an investigation into the popular social networking platform, TikTok over privacy issues.
The research will examine whether TikTok satisfactorily protects the privacy of kids under Dutch law as well as also the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.
“We will explore whether the program has a privacy-friendly layout,” said Monique Verdier, deputy seat of the Dutch DPA.
“We will check if the data TikTok supplies when kids use and install the program is not hard to comprehend and adequately clarifies how their private data is gathered, processed, and utilized.”
Police are also analyzing if the program requires parental approval for TikTok to collect and utilize data on its youthful users.
TikTok’s popularity has chased throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and marketplace intelligence supplier Sensor Tower estimates that the program was the second-most setup software in April global, with over 107 million downloads.
The Chinese-owned social networking program has come under scrutiny in the UK and the USA over its information privacy regulations.
In February 2019, the business agreed to pay $5.7 million (roughly $5.25 million) within a settlement over allegations that it”illegally gathered images, voice records, and geolocation” of kids, some younger than 13.
Last month, TikTok summarized some information safety measures that it was implementing, for example, new policies on international data residency data transfer, data transfer, and information storage accessibility protections worldwide.
The business says they’re”dedicated to safeguarding the privacy of kids ” and just collect limited data from younger customers, such as username, password, password, and birthday.
“TikTok’s top priority is protecting our customers’ privacy and security, particularly our younger customers,” the firm said in a further announcement to Euronews.
“We understand the investigation from the Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens (Dutch Data Protection Authority) and are fully cooperating with them”
The Dutch Data Protection Authority is expected to release its first findings afterward in 2020.