TikTok has started prompting to its Europeans users that their employees outside the continent even including China can access the users data, fueling the political and the regulatory concerns.
“Based on a demonstrated need to do their job, subject to a series of robust security controls and approval protocols, and by way of methods that are recognized under the GDPR, we allow certain employees within our corporate group located in Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States, remote access to TikTok European user data” clarifies Elaine Fox, TikTok’s Head of Privacy in Europe.
The Irish data watchdog has also taken notice of the issue, they launched an investigation based on the TikTok’s transfer of personal data to China.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is examining the legality of the TikTok platform’s data transfer to China, the investigation being led by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC).
The social video-sharing app can be seen collecting a lot of data, and that raises concerns about privacy and from the regulatory point of view as well. This could lead to the platform becoming the data honeypot aiding in state-level surveillance that we could be unaware of at the moment.
This leaves us with the conclusion that the social platforms that we’re this well connected with surely are doing efforts to dodge the regulatory restrictions, and even after they officially admit we still are left in the middle with clouded heads with even more questions. In the days we’re living, being this socially-connected through such platforms, privacy now seems to be a myth.
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