Brussels requires TikTok to protect the data of its European users

Brussels requires TikTok to protect the data of its European users

The European Commission requests guarantees that third countries do not have "illegal" access to the personal information of citizens

The European Commission wants to shield the privacy of European citizens and, this Tuesday, has called on the TikTok social network to guarantee the protection of the data of its European users. More specifically, Brussels has demanded from the Chinese platform that there be "no doubt" that the personal information of Europeans are protected against possible "illegal" attempts by third countries to obtain them.

This has been confirmed by the vice president of the Community Executive, Vera Jourova, after meeting with the executive director of TikTok, Shou Zi Chew. The meeting takes place a few weeks after the United States has banned the installation of this application on the devices of federal employees and representatives of Congress, as part of the trade war between Washington and Beijing.

Jourova has assured that the European Union (EU) "counts" on the commitment of the Chinese company to make "an additional effort to respect European laws and obtain the confidence of European regulators," he said in reference to the new Services Law Digital, which will make the platforms responsible for the content they offer and demands greater protection from users. This was the main reason for the visit of the TikTok representative to Brussels, who has held a round of contacts with the Competition commissioners, Margrethe Vestager, and Justice, Didier Reynders. The law, which will enter into force this year, seeks to combat hate speech, provide greater protection for minors and guarantee the security of the personal data of users of digital platforms.

TikTok joined the Code against Disinformation as part of the European measures against Russian propaganda campaigns. In this context, the Chinese social network has recognized that there are actors from "non-European" States that try to manipulate the content disseminated on the platform to spread hoaxes, but its director has defended that the company is making an effort to address this problem.