France questions European TikTok executives over user data access

12/06/2023 | EURACTIV

The French Senate recently questioned two French TikTok executives regarding the app's exploitation of data and its influence strategy. However, the executives repeatedly said that they were unable to answer the questions asked of them. According to the chairman of the inquiry, the executive's reluctance or inability to engage raised suspicions of dishonesty. Among the issues raised were the protection of children, links with the Chinese government and general inconsistencies in rhetoric concerning access to European users' data by Chinese engineers.

In related news, the Italian data protection authority, the Garante, has requested information from TikTok regarding allegations that the Communist Party of China had access to users' personal data. The company has denied any such activity, but the Garante has asked for their observations on the matter and the possible involvement of TikTok Technology Ltd in the transmission of user data to Chinese government authorities.

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