The Data Protection Commissioner has announced two inquiries into the social media platform TikTok looking at compliance with GDPR relating to the processing of children's personal data and transfers of data to China.

The first will look at the processing of personal data in the context of platform settings for users under the age of 18 and age verification measures for individuals who are under 13.

It will also look at whether TikTok has complied with the GDPR transparency obligations on processing the personal data of users who are under 18.

The second inquiry will focus on transfers by Tiktok of personal data to China and TikTok's compliance with the GDPR requirement for transfers of personal data to third countries.

The inquiries are own volition inquiries which means the DPC is initiating the investigation on its own initiative without a complaint from a third party.

Earlier this month the DPC levied a record €225m fine on WhatsApp under the GDPR.

But the watchdog has faced criticism from other European regulators at the speed of its inquiries and the severeness of its sanctions.

The Irish regulator had 27 international inquiries in progress at the end of last year, including 14 into Facebook and its subsidiaries.

Additional reporting Reuters