World Ireland investigates TikTok over child, China data concerns
UK delays post-Brexit border checks, seeks new talks with EU
LONDON (AP) — Britain said Monday it is postponing the start of post-Brexit border checks on goods going to Northern Ireland, as it seeks breathing space in its tense standoff with the European Union over trade rules. Brexit Minister David Frost said the government would continue to trade “on the current basis,” maintaining grace periods that the U.K. gave itself after splitting from the EU’s economic embrace at the end of 2020. He did not set a new end date for the grace periods, some of which had been due to finish on Sept. 30.
LONDON (AP) — TikTok is facing two EU data privacy investigations, one into its handling of children's personal data and another over its data transfers to China.
Ireland's data privacy watchdog, which is TikTok's lead regulator in the European Union,that it has started two inquiries to examine whether the popular short video app has breached stringent EU data privacy regulations.
Unionist leader says Brexit deal could sink N Ireland govt
LONDON (AP) — The leader of Northern Ireland’s largest British unionist party heightened post-Brexit political tensions on Thursday, saying the U.K.’s divorce deal with the European Union could collapse the Belfast government and trigger a new era of violence and instability. Democratic Unionist Party leader Jeffrey Donaldson said rules for Northern Ireland trade agreed by the U.K. and the EU last year must be fundamentally changed within weeks. In a speech in Belfast, he said the agreement known as the Northern Ireland Protocol “fundamentally undermines … the economic integrity of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland’s position in it.
The Data Protection Commission's first investigation will look at whether TikTok complies with the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, when it handles children's data, including the platform's settings for people under 18 and age verification measures for kids under 13.
The second investigation focuses on whether TikTok complies with GDPR when it transfers data to China, where its owner, ByteDance, is based. TikTok has faced accusations that it's a security risk because it sends user data to China.
TikTok said it will fully cooperate with the commission's investigation.
“The privacy and safety of the TikTok community, particularly our youngest members, is a top priority," the company said in a press statement. “We’ve implemented extensive policies and controls to safeguard user data and rely on approved methods for data being transferred from Europe.”
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Police are arresting and charging students in connection with stolen and vandalized school property incited by the "devious licks" TikTok challenge.Begun earlier this month on the TikTok social media platform as students returned to school, students began posting videos of themselves stealing items from schools – from soap dispensers and fire extinguishers to computers and film projectors. In some cases, students have vandalized bathrooms.