TikTok US personal data sharing

Occurred: December 2019

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TikTok is to pay USD 92 million to settle a class-action complaint filed in California that it collected and sold the personal data of its users without their permission.

The lawsuit alleged the company used 'automated software, AI, facial recognition, and other technologies' to collect and profit from sensitive and confidential data on users’ identity, ethnicity, gender, age, location, contact information and other attributes under the guise of a preventative measure to keep minors off the app. 

It also claimed that TikTok user data appears to have been shared with the Chinese government.

TikTok has denied the allegations and says it has agreed to settle in order to avoid a drawn-out legal battle.

Operator: ByteDance/TikTok

Developer: ByteDance/TikTok
Country: USA

Sector: Technology

Purpose: Collect personal data 

Technology: Facial recognition

Issue: Privacy
Transparency: Governance; Privacy

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Type: Incident
Published: February 2021
Last updated: December 2021