TikTok Sued For Allegedly Sending Data To China
TikTok apparently isn’t out of the news yet, it seems like it is in an endless circle of controversies. A lawsuit launched against Tiktok for taking content “surreptitiously” without user consent.
Beijing-based ByteDance owners of TikTok have built up a keen fan base in the US and around the world. TikTok supposedly has about half a billion active users worldwide. Previously it said it does not store data from its US Users on Chinese servers.
The online platform, however, is facing pressure in America over data collection and censorship concerns.
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Data Can Identify, Track and Profile Users
A lawsuit filed last week in a Californian court claims TikTok “clandestinely… vacuumed up and transferred to servers in China vast quantities of private and personally-identifiable user data”.
It further claims that the data can help identify, profile and track users in the US “now and in the future”. TikTok operates as Douyin in China. It is a very similar but also a separate version of the app. It maintains that all US user data is stored in the United States, with a backup in Singapore.
Just last week the company found itself apologising to a US teenager who was blocked from the service after she posted a clip criticising China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslims which went viral. The company later reversed the ban.
A California college student started the class-action lawsuit accusing TikTok of transferring private user data to servers in China, despite the company’s repeated assurances that it does not store personal data there.
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