#Privacy: Irish regulator launches investigation into Google and Tinder

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched two separate inquiries into Google and Tinder’s handling of customer data.

In regards to Google, the Irish data regulator stated that it had received numerous complaints from numerous consumer organisations across the EU, regarding concerns about Google’s processing of location data.

Subsequently, an investigation will be launched specifically focusing on how the tech giant handles and processes location data, and will seek 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,” said the DPC in a blog post

“People should be able to understand and control how companies like Google use location data to provide services to them,” a Google spokesperson told TechCrunch. “We will cooperate fully with the office of the Data Protection Commission in its inquiry, and continue to work closely with regulators and consumer associations across Europe.”

As for Tinder, the DPC announced that a number of issues have been identified from those who made complaints. The identified issue included “ongoing processing of users’ personal data”, transparency surrounding these ongoing processing, and the company’s compliance with its obligations around data subject rights requests. 

“As such, the DPC has commenced an own- volition Statutory Inquiry, with respect to MTCH Technology Services Limited, pursuant to section 110 of the Data Protection 2018 and in accordance with the co-operation mechanism outlined under Article 60 of the GDPR,” wrote the DPC. 

The investigation will seek to establish whether Tinder has a legal basis for the identified issues. 

A spokesman for the US firm Match Group, which owns Tinder, said “transparency and protecting our users’ personal data is of utmost importance to us. We are fully cooperating with the Data Protection Commission, and will continue to abide by GDPR and all applicable laws.”

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