Latest news – TikTok may be leaking people’s useful data from the USA to China

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Earlier this week, a student in California filed a lawsuit against TikTok for allegedly transferring “vast quantities of private and personally-identifiable user data” to servers in China. The student, Misty Hong, claims that TikTok transfers data about users’ phone use, including websites visited outside the app, surreptitiously to Chinese servers. Hong claims that this was done despite her never creating an account, and that the information secretly transmitted to China included draft videos she had made using the app but never posted.

The lawsuit comes as a German journalist and educator, Matthias Eberl, analysed the way the app handles and moves data. Eberl found that information about the device and search terms entered into the app were sent to advertising company Appsflyer and Facebook. Eberl also believes that private identifying information is transferred to China, which may contravene European data rules.

Earlier this week, a student in California filed a lawsuit against TikTok for allegedly transferring “vast quantities of private and personally-identifiable user data” to servers in China. The student, Misty Hong, claims that TikTok transfers data about users’ phone use, including websites visited outside the app, surreptitiously to Chinese servers. Hong claims that this was done despite her never creating an account, and that the information secretly transmitted to China included draft videos she had made using the app but never posted.

The lawsuit comes as a German journalist and educator, Matthias Eberl, analysed the way the app handles and moves data. Eberl found that information about the device and search terms entered into the app were sent to advertising company Appsflyer and Facebook. Eberl also believes that private identifying information is transferred to China, which may contravene European data rules.

Source – newscientist

 

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