Silicon Valley giants Google and Tinder are underneath investigation over the processing of European customers’ knowledge, regulators in Ireland, the place each have their regional bases, introduced Tuesday.
The Data Protection Commission (DPC) stated it had acquired complaints from varied European shopper associations concerning the lack of transparency within the knowledge processing.
It stated its inquiry will got down to set up whether or not Google and Tinder have “a valid legal basis for processing” person knowledge and whether or not they meet their “obligations as a data controller with regard to transparency.”.
MTCH Technology Services, the company identify for matchmaking app Tinder, was within the highlight over “possible systemic data protection issues”.
For Google, the DPC stated it had acquired complaints over its “processing of location data”.
It is the accountability of Ireland’s regulators to make sure compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation, as each firms’ European headquarters are within the nation.
Google advised AFP it is going to “cooperate fully” with the investigation, and says it is going to work carefully with regulators and shopper associations throughout Europe.
“In the last year, we have made a number of product changes to improve the level of user transparency and control over location data,” it stated in an announcement.
Google has individually been underneath DPC investigation since May over knowledge safety within the discipline of internet marketing.
The location knowledge case was launched after Google’s mother or father firm Alphabet launched combined monetary outcomes for the final quarter of 2019 on Monday night, inflicting its share worth to fall.
Alphabet and Google chief government Sundar Pichai has detailed 4 precedence areas for 2020, together with enhancing the privateness and safety of customers.