Data protection watchdog launches inquiries into Google and Tinder



Helen Dixon
Commissioner
Helen Dixon

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched statutory inquiries into practices at tech companies Google and Tinder.

The watchdog said it had received complaints from consumer organisations across the EU in relation to Google’s processing of location data and transparency surrounding that processing.

It will set out to establish whether Google has a valid legal basis for processing the location data of its users and whether it meets its obligations as a data controller with regard to transparency.

The watchdog received complaints from individuals in Ireland and across the EU in relation to Tinder’s processing of users’ personal data, transparency surrounding that processing, and the company’s compliance with its obligations with regard to data subject rights requests.

The investigations into Google Ireland Ltd and MTCH Technology Services Ltd respectively are taking place pursuant to section 110 of the Data Protection Act 2018 and in accordance with the co-operation mechanism outlined under article 60 of the GDPR.



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