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Canada Launches a Probe Into Tiktok’s Data Collection Policies

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Canada Launches a Probe Into TikTok’s Data Collection Policies

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has launched an investigation against TikTok over its data collection and sharing practices. The investigation will aim to discover whether the social media giant is obtaining meaningful consent from their users for the collection and sharing of private data.

The joint investigation will have a particular focus on TikTok’s privacy practices as they relate to younger users, including whether the company obtained valid and meaningful consent from these users for the collection, use, and disclosure of their personal information.Reports

The investigation will be carried out on both a federal and provincial level. The provincial authorities of Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta will also examine TikTok’s use of user data. The report highlighted that most of TikTok’s users are young with the need for stricter data privacy rules.

The investigation was triggered as a result of several media reports of TikTok collecting and dissipating user data to Beijing.

However, in their reply, TikTok assured users that their privacy and safety remain their top priority. The platform is committed to working with transparency to provide its users with a “joyful experience”. Taking the investigation on a positive note, TikTok welcomed the opportunity to work with Canadian authorities and “set the record straight”.

Other similar instances

This isn’t the first time TikTok has come under fire for excessive data harvesting. Internet2.0, an Australian cybersecurity firm, had warned against TikTok’s aggressive data collection methods in July 2022.

It highlighted that the platform requires way more permissions than other social media apps and that it could work just as fine without them. Moreover, if you deny any permission, it keeps nagging you for the same – something uncharacteristic of a social media platform.

The US senate also passed a bill in December 2022, banning federal government officials from using TikTok on their official devices, citing “security risks”.

Similarly, the Dutch government has advised its officials to refrain from using this Byte-backed social media app, citing data protection issues. The French President, Emmanuel Macron, is one of the strongest critics of the app due to its “deceptively innocent” and addictive characteristics.

With so much already going on with TikTok, the Canadian investigation is yet another blow. Although TikTok has already denied all criticism, the banning of the app in several countries can start a domino effect.

The future of TikTok in Canada hinges on the direction and outcome of the announced investigation. However, TikTok cannot afford to lose a huge market like Canada. Thus, it is expected to put its best foot forwards and make changes to its data collection policies, if necessary,

Krishi Chowdhary Journalist

Krishi Chowdhary Journalist

Krishi is an eager Tech Journalist and content writer for both B2B and B2C, with a focus on making the process of purchasing software easier for businesses and enhancing their online presence and SEO. Krishi has a special skill set in writing about technology news, creating educational content on customer relationship management (CRM) software, and recommending project management tools that can help small businesses increase their revenue. Alongside his writing and blogging work, Krishi's other hobbies include studying the financial markets and cricket.

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