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The European Union warns the head of TikTok to respect data protection law

The European Union has required TikTok’s online service to comply with EU data protection rules and to ensure the security of European user data. European Commission Vice-President Vera Jourova said yesterday after meeting with TikTok chief Xu Zi Qiu in Brussels that she relies on TikTok to “do its best to respect EU laws and restore the trust of European authorities.”

Jourova wrote on Twitter online that there should be no doubt that “user data in Europe is safe” and is not exposed to illegal access by authorities in third countries.

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson and EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders attended the meeting with Qiu. This was the first official meeting between representatives of the European Union and the head of the video platform.

Data accessibility

In November, TikTok admitted that employees in China had access to data from European users. An EU spokesperson said Qiu confirmed the company was working on a “robust” European data processing system in Europe.

EU Justice Commissioner Reynders said he had insisted how important it was for TikTok to comply with the European General Data Protection Regulation. According to Jourova, TikTok will also deliver its first misinformation report at the end of January.

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