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TikTok faces data-protection probe in France following complaint over video deletion

By Matthew Newman
  • 11 Aug 2020 08:20
  • 12 Aug 2020 08:08

TikTok is facing a data-protection investigation in France following a user’s complaint about a video that was taken down, a spokesman for France’s data-protection authority said today.

The CNIL said in an e-mailed statement that it started investigating the video-sharing app, which is owned by China-based ByteDance, in May. It didn’t

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Matthew Newman

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Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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