SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A California college student has been accused of the most widely used video-sharing app, TikTok, in a class-action lawsuit, the transmission of the personal data of the user to the servers in China, and in spite of the assurance that it does not store any personal information.
FILE PHOTO: The logo of the TikTok app on a mobile phone in this photo illustration February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Illustration
The accusations against him, to further develop the legal issues in the United States of america for the TikTok, which is owned by the Beijing ByteDance Technology Co., but is entirely outside of China, and has developed a very dedicated fan base among AMERICAN teenagers.
The company is now faced with the united states government, the national security probe of the concerns about the storage of the data, and any censorship of a political sensitive content.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.s. District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday of last week and first reported by The Daily Beast, claims to be TikTok, has secretly “being sucked up and transferred back to servers in China, a large amount of private and personally-identifiable information about the user.”
TikTok does not immediately respond to a request for comment on the allegations, but pointed out that it makes all of US the data of the user, as in the United States, with back-ups in Singapore.
The documents identify the plaintiff as Taken to the Hong, a college student, and a resident of Palo Alto, Calif., is available for download from the TikTok app, which is March, or April of 2019, but have never created an account.
Months later, she alleges, she found out that the TikTok had to set up an account for her without her knowledge and had produced a dossier of private information about her, including biometric data, on the basis of the videos they have made, but never posted.
According to the filing, TikTok data transmitted by the user on the two servers in China bugly.qq.com and umeng.com – the most recent in April 2019 at the latest, including information on the user’s device, and all of the web sites the user has visited.
Bugly is owned by Tencent, China’s largest mobile phone company, which is also the owner of the social network of WeChat, while Umeng’s a part of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.
The lawsuit also claims that the source of the Chinese tech giant Baidu has been included in the TikTok app, such as the code of Igexin, one of the Chinese advertising authority, which security researchers discovered it in 2017 as it was for developers to install spyware on a phone by a user.
The legal documents do not provide evidence of the transfer of data to or from the Baidu or Igexin the source code of the app. Hong and his legal representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.
Reporting by Katie Paul; Editing by Peter Cooney