The data that passes Tic knock can be viewed from China. This observation is not the result of an investigation but of an announcement made by the same social network on a blog post published this Wednesday, November 2, 2022, reports The world . In fact, TikTok indicates that European user data can be viewed by company employees “according to the needs of the service”. This is the first time the platform mentions this topic.
According to TikTok’s privacy officer in Europe, they are therefore concerned “Some employees of our group located in Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and the United States”. According to Elaine Fox, the company allows these people, if it deems it necessary, to remotely access the data of European TikTok users. All this information is stored in United States it’s at Singapore.
Compliance with the GDPR
“Our efforts are focused on limiting the number of employees who have access to the data of our European users and limiting the flow of data outside of Europe, as well as keeping these users’ data in Europe”, wanted to reassure Elaine Fox. The manager clarifies that the work done by the employees is done “Using methods recognized by the GDPR”namely the European General Data Protection Regulation.
However, the degree of China’s involvement in these data consultations worries Americans and Europeans. ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, respects the legal constraints of the country in which its headquarters are located, located in Beijing. For some, this leaves China’s security and intelligence services free to consult the personal data of European internet users as they see fit.