A spokesman for France’s Paris-based National Information and Freedom Commission (CNIL) said it had launched an investigation into TikTok after receiving a complaint in May, but declined to say why it was justified or when the decision would be made.
“CNIL is particularly vigilant about the company and takes complaints and issues relating to it seriously,” the spokesman said. TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In June, the EU’s data protection chief pledged to co-ordinate a potential investigation into TikTok. It comes after the Dutch Data Protection Commission said in May that it was investigating TikTok’s policy to protect child data. A similar investigation is being conducted by the UK’s data regulator, but no conclusions have been reached.
TikTok is also under increasing pressure in the United States. President Trump has said he may block the app on the grounds that it endangers national security. Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok’s U.S., Canadian, Australian and New Zealand operations.
CNIL ordered WhatsApp, Facebook’s instant messaging service, to stop sharing user data with its parent company without obtaining the necessary consent. The agency has also fined Google 50 million euros ($59 million) for alleged lying in breach of EU privacy rules.
The 27-member EU has the world’s strictest data protection laws. Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the EU has the power to impose fines equivalent to 4 per cent of annual global sales on companies with the most breaches. (Small)