Indeed, it is specified that the personal data of users are indeed sent to China as well as to other countries. As you can imagine, this transparency does not really work in favor of the social network belonging to ByteDance.
Europe in turn investigates the processing of TikTok data
However, the future of TikTok is not only threatened across the Atlantic, but also in Europe. Indeed, the President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen has just confirm that several official investigations are underway against TikTok. These investigations concern the processing and transfer of users’ personal data to China, as well as the presence of targeted advertising aimed at minors.
Commission investigators want to make sure that TikTok meets GDPR requirements, the General Data Protection Regulation. “TikTok’s data practices, particularly with respect to international data transfers, are the subject of several ongoing proceedings. These include an investigation by the Irish Data Protection Commission into TikTok’s compliance with several GDPR requirements, including in relation to data transfers to China and the processing of minors’ data,” she explains.
Ursula Von Der Leyden replied concerns raised by Members of the European Parliament on the potential access of Chinese public authorities to TikTok data of European users. Recall that in July 2022, TikTok had urgently suspended the deployment of an update which allowed it to dispense with the consent of European users to expose them to targeted advertising.