A preliminary investigation was opened by the Commission nationale informatique and freedoms in response to a complaint filed in may.
We do not precisely know the nature of the complaint, but this is the first time that the French gendarme of the data protection announced that it is conducting an investigation into the application of chinese.
This procedure could in fact focus on audits as to the chances of users to exercise their rights (including in respect of the protection of their data). The measures taken by
TikTok to protect minors would also be in the viewfinder of the CNIL.
For its part, the chinese giant and publisher of the application Bytedance defends itself, while announcing “fully cooperate” with the French organisation :
This is not the opinion of the Americans, who were given until 15 September to TikTok to sell its operations in the United States, the Netherlands, who have also opened an investigation, and even the european Union.
Last June, a working group has been created within the european Committee for data protection (EDPB) with one objective : “Coordinate the actions, potential TikTok and deepen the knowledge on the practices of the application “.
This is rather bad for Bytedance, it is the publication this week of an investigation by the Wall Street Journal. This shows that TikTok has taken advantage of a flaw in the Android operating system to collect the ids from millions of devices and thus follow the online activity of their users.
This practice is more than doubtful lasted eighteen months, before an update to Google terminates in November 2019.