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The countdown is on for TikTok after Schrems II

Given the US’ threatened actions against TikTok and the outcome of Schrems II, it is clear that the spotlight is now firmly on international data transfers.

That European ruling, referred to in the media as Schrems II, dealt a ‘deathblow’ to transfers of personal data to the US pursuant to the Privacy Shield mechanism. However, the ruling went much further, sending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) shockwaves across all international personal data transfers from within the EU, whether to the US, China, India or elsewhere.

However, the comments from the US over the past weekend about TikTok suggest that the US is now also potentially looking at a more US-centric approach to data retention and access.

Source: The countdown is on for TikTok after Schrems II

TikTok under scrutiny in Australia over security, data concerns

Australia is scrutinising the popular Chinese-owned social media TikTok platform for any risks it may pose to users from around potential foreign interference and data privacy issues.

Owned by Bytedance, TikTok opened an office in Australia in recent weeks. Offices of both the Home Affairs and Attorney-General are discussing TikTok’s operations. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government was “having a good look” at TikTok, which has also fallen under U.S. scrutiny for “national security risks”.

Source: TikTok under scrutiny in Australia over security, data concerns – Reuters

South Korean regulator fines TikTok over mishandling child data

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC), the country’s telecommunications watchdog, said it has fined the company 186 million won — around $155,000 — for failing to protect users’ private data.

The Korea Communications Commission said the Chinese company collected the data of children without consent from their legal guardians.

Source: South Korean regulator fines TikTok over mishandling child data | ZDNet

Tiktok to transfer data control to UK arm ahead of Brexit

Tiktok has said it will be moving ownership of its users’ data in Europe to local subsidiaries, in a boost to its British arm as it prepares for Brexit.

The social media app’s US parent Tiktok Inc will no longer manage and safeguard data for users based in the UK and the European Union. Instead, from 29 July, Tiktok Ireland will control the data of all users in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, while Tiktok UK will do the same for Britons.

Source: Tiktok to transfer data control to UK arm ahead of Brexit – CityAM : CityAM

TikTok Will Never Hand Over Data to Chinese Govt, Says CEO

TikTok has claimed that the Chinese government has never requested for user data, nor would the company turn it over if asked.

TikTok has sought to distance itself from Beijing after it was banned in India earlier this week. In a letter to the Indian government dated June 28th, the company’s CEO, Kevin Mayer, said that the Chinese government has never asked for data of Indian users. He further claimed that the company wouldn’t comply with such an order even if Beijing asks for it.

Source: TikTok Will Never Hand Over Data to Chinese Govt, Says CEO | Beebom

EU watchdog sets up TikTok task force, warns on Clearview AI software

Chinese video app TikTok’s practices are to be examined by an EU task force, the bloc’s privacy watchdog said on Wednesday, which also warned EU police forces against using facial recognition software from U.S. company Clearview AI.

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) said it would set up a task force to assess TikTok’s activities across the bloc after a request from an EU lawmaker concerned about its data collection methods and security and privacy risks. The task force will coordinate potential actions and seek an overview of TikTok’s processing and practices across the EU, the EDPB said in a statement.

Source: EU watchdog sets up TikTok task force, warns on Clearview AI software – Reuters

TikTok subject of Dutch data protection probe

The watchdog say they will “examine whether TikTok adequately protects the privacy of Dutch children”.

The probe will examine whether TikTok adequately protects the privacy of children under Dutch law and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Authorities are also examining whether the app requires parental consent for TikTok to collect and use data on its young users.

Source: TikTok subject of Dutch data protection probe | Euronews

Serious security flaws in TikTok identified

Researchers at CheckPoint have discovered a flaw within TikTok which allows hackers to text users malicious links.

Over the past couple of months, CheckPoint researchers identified multiple vulnerabilities within the TikTok application leaving users vulnerable to hackers.

Source: #Privacy: Serious security flaws in TikTok identified

TikTok Said to Be Under National Security Review

The review comes after lawmakers raised concerns about TikTok’s growing influence in the United States.

The United States government has opened a national security review of a Chinese company’s acquisition of the American company that became TikTok, the hugely popular short-form video app, according to people briefed on the inquiry.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a federal panel that reviews foreign acquisitions of American firms on national-security grounds, is now reviewing the two-year-old deal after lawmakers raised concerns about TikTok’s growing influence in the United States.

Source: TikTok Said to Be Under National Security Review – The New York Times

TikTok to Pay $1.1 Million to Settle Kids’ Data Collection Suit

TikTok and its parent company ByteDance have agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a proposed class action alleging that the app Musical.ly violated children’s privacy laws by collecting their data and operating the app “in a reckless and unlawful manner for commercial gain.”

Complaint against TikTok alleged that Musical.ly—which was acquired by ByteDance 2017 and later rebranded as TikTok— “surreptitiously tracked, collected, and disclosed the personally identifiable information and/or viewing data … of minor children, and then sold that data to third-party advertisers so they could, in turn, market their products and services” on the app.

Source: TikTok to Pay $1.1 Million to Settle Kids’ Data Collection Suit

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