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TikTok Faces French Data Probe, Adding to EU-Wide Scrutiny (1)

Aug. 11, 2020, 1:24 PM

France’s privacy watchdog opened a probe into TikTok, marking another examination of ByteDance Ltd.’s social media app, which is facing broader scrutiny of its privacy policies.

The French authority, CNIL, is looking at a number of issues, including how the company communicates with users and the protection of children, a spokesman said Tuesday. The questions are part of an investigation into TikTok’s plan to set up a European Union headquarters for data purposes.

The EU’s data protection chiefs in June pledged to coordinate potential investigations into the Chinese company, establishing a taskforce to get a better understanding of “TikTok’s ...