TikTok secretly transferred user data to China without obtaining consent, according to a lawsuit filed by a college student in the Northern District of California.
Misty Hong claimed the viral video service culled off her personal videos and information, then funneled it to servers in China.
“Allegations that TikTok has been accumulating data about U.S. consumers - including personally identifiable information - and extracting it back to servers in China are unsurprising,” said Ray Walsh, a digital privacy advocate at ProPrivacy. "Despite TikTok's previous claims that it was not extracting data back to China - a healthy amount of skepticism existed among privacy advocates surrounding this Chinese company's data practices.”
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