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Daily Safeguarding Update
TikTok under privacy investigations by EU watchdog
TikTok is under investigation by The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) over two privacy-related issues.
The watchdog is investigating potential GDPR-related issues on how TikTok processes children’s personal data.
This follows a similar investigation in October 2020 into how Instagram handles children’s data and TikTok’s previous fine.
The DCP’s investigation looks into how TikTok complies with EU laws about data transferring to other countries, like China, which the EU has not approved. TikTok is owned by a Chinese company, ByteDance and has repeatedly faced accusations of sharing data with Chinese companies, which the company denies.
Telegram emerges as new dark web for cybercriminals
New research shows that the end-to-end encrypted messaging platform, Telegram has served as a hub for cybercriminals looking to buy, sell and share stolen data and hacking tools.
The research conducted by cyber intelligence group, Cyberint for the Financial Times, found channels with thousands of subscribers sharing data leaks.
A post on a popular Telegram channel called ‘combolist’ with more than 47,000 subscribers offered 300,000 emails and passwords claimed to be useful for hacking video game platforms such as Minecraft, Origins and Uplay.
The channel was removed by Telegram, but others have been identified.