The Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) has recently made TikTok a part of its Priority Channel, a tool that facilitates fast and free requests for the removal of content that threatens the rights and freedoms, as well as the physical or mental health, of individuals. This year alone, the AEPD has ordered more than 30 removals through this channel, adding to the 51 emergency interventions carried out in 2022.
TikTok has joined the Priority Channel as a dedicated entity and has established a communication channel to respond promptly to any requirements sent by the AEPD in cases where potentially hazardous content is found. The platform is now among other companies such as Google, Meta, and Microsoft that are already part of the Priority Channel.
The effective method saw the Agency sending 165 takedown orders for material unlawfully published without permission, especially in cases involving minors or women who are victims of digital violence of various kinds. These orders usually result in content removal within a 72-hour period by the platform responsible if it operates within Spain.
The AEPD’s Priority Channel has proven successful in removing harmful content and preventing violations of rights and freedoms. The system allows for swift removal requests for published content, especially when they pose risks to individuals’ rights or freedoms or physical or mental health.