European regulators are about to make a ruling on whether TikTok has breached the GDPR by failing to protect children’s data.
After the Irish Data Protection Commission was unable to address concerns posed by other European regulatory authorities, Dublin triggered a GDPR-included dispute resolution process and referred the case to the European Data Protection Board (EDPB). Within two months of the EDPB receiving all the documents associated with the inquiry, it will issue a binding decision.
A comprehensive investigation launched in 2021 is examining if TikTok breached the GDPR by failing to properly keep children under thirteen off the platform due to inadequate age-verification measures. Moreover, there are concerns if TikTok offered sufficient clarity in regards to processed data of minors and ensured maximum user privacy protection through its platform settings.
As the tech giant established its official EU base in Dublin in 2020, Ireland assumed control of overseeing TikTok in Europe, and is simultaneously assessing the legality of transferring European user information to China.