TikTok Illegally Harvesting Data and Sending It to China

The social-media system TikTok is amassing broad swaths of facts on its people with out their consent and sending it to servers in China, in accordance to a class-motion lawsuit filed the working day ahead of Thanksgiving in California federal courtroom.

The suit, filed by Misty Hong, a college college student from Palo Alto, alleges TikTok and its Chinese guardian corporation, ByteDance, neglected their responsibility to take care of consumer facts with care and knowingly violated a slew of statutes governing facts accumulating and the correct to privateness.

Hong is in search of punitive damages and injunctions on the corporation that would, among the other issues, bar it from transferring consumer facts from the U.S. to China and from retrieving any biometric facts like facial scans from video clips people have picked not to upload.

“At the exact same time that Defendants utilized the Musical.ly and TikTok applications to covertly faucet into a huge array of personal and individually-identifiable information, they went to terrific lengths to hide their tracks,” Hong alleges. 

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