The Irish Data Protection Commission (PDD) has opened two formal investigations, Google and Tinder. At issue is how companies handle the private information of European users, with the regulator suspecting that they are violating the General Data Protection Regulation.
DCP said in a statement that it has been receiving several complaints from European consumer groups regarding the way Google processes users' location data. In response, a Google spokesman indicated to the international press that the company is willing to collaborate with the DPC and that it will continue to work closely with regulators and consumer protection groups across Europe.
As for the Tinder case, the Irish regulator has indicated that it will look at how the dating application collects data, and see if the company is complying with the rules for European users who want their information to be deleted. Like Google, Match, the company behind Tinder, said in the press that it will collaborate fully with DPC.
The Irish regulatory authority's decision comes after a report by the Norwegian Consumer Council, in partnership with cybersecurity company Mnemonic, revealed that there are 10 applications, including Tinder, that violate the privacy of its users and do not comply with GDPR standards.
The report states that the applications provided user data to 135 companies in the area of ??advertising or behavioral profile analysis, including IP address, GPS location up to their gender and age. The information collected can be used to track consumers and personalize the advertisements that appear on the platforms, for example, foreseeing their religious beliefs or sexual orientations.
If Google or Tinder are not, in fact, complying with the GDPR, the Irish regulator intends to proceed with large fines. Since the regulation was implemented in May 2018 to January 27 this year, 160,921 thousand personal data breaches have been identified, with total fines of around 114 million euros. Highlighted is the ? 50 million fine imposed by CNIL, the French data protection authority, Google in 2019.