The incredibly popular video social network TikTok was accused of illegally transferring user data from the United States to China, according to a class action lawsuit filed in California. TikTok is owned by the Beijing-based ByteDance technology company, and is the international version of an even more popular Chinese application, called Douyin.
The lawsuit claims that the platform has acquired one of the largest databases in the country thanks to fun activities such as dances and playback With songs, among others. However, its users don't know that TikTok also includes Chinese surveillance software. ”
“TikTok has transferred huge amounts of private user data and personal identification data to servers in China that can be used to identify, describe and track user location and activities in the United States now and in the future, the text added.
The document does not provide direct evidence, but it does describe how the TikTok application created an account for a claimant without their consent after it was downloaded, after which it created a file that includes personal identification data, biometric data and videos that have not been uploaded to the service. The lawsuit covers the violation of the law of computer fraud, data access fraud, privacy violations, intrusion, unfair competition laws, false advertising, negligence and, finally, illicit enrichment.
This is not the first time that the popular social network is investigated by an alleged data collection. At the beginning of 2019, she was convicted of collecting personal information from children who used the application, when it was known in the United States as musical.ly, which was acquired at the end of 2017 by ByteDance. As a result of said judicial action, filed by the Federal Trade Commission of the United States, the company paid $ 5.7 million.