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Ireland launches fresh probes into Google and Tinder

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) launched investigations Tuesday into data processing by Google and dating app Tinder.

The DPC, which already has ongoing investigations into Google, initiated a new probe into the companys processing of location data and transparency around that processing.

The probe into Tinder concerns the dating apps processing of user data and transparency around the processing, as well as its track record of complying with data subject rights.

The Tinder investigation is not a result of any complaint in particular, but from the regulators “monitoring complaints received from individuals in order to identify thematic and possible systemic data protection issues.”

The investigation into Google stems from a series of complaints by several national consumer groups across the EU in November 2018.

Swedens data protection authority began its own investigation off the back of those complaints in January 2019, but passed the case onto the DPC in August after Google put its EU headquarters in Ireland.

BEUC, the European consumer rights organization, said it welcomed the DPCs decision to “eventually” look into Googles processing of location data — adding it expected the regulator to look into practices from the time of the complaints.

“This investigation should be a priority for the Irish data protection authority. As more than 14 months have passed since consumer groups first filed complaints about Googles malpractice, it would be unaRead More – Source