TikTok accused a California lawsuit to send user data to China

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A student in California College urged TSITok app on the sharing of videos in class law to transfer private user data to servers in China, despite the company's assurances that it does not store personal data there.

PHOTO FILE: The TikTok app logo is displayed on a mobile phone screen in this picture diagram taken 21 February, 2019. REUTERS / Danish Siddiqui / Illustration

The allegations of legal troubles in the United States could be deepened for TikTok, which is owned by Beijing ByteDance Technology Co. but operates entirely outside China and developed a fan base aimed especially among State teenagers. United.

The company is already facing a US government national security checker on concerns about the storage of data and possible censorship of politically sensitive material.

The lawsuit, filed in U. District Court for the Northern California District last Wednesday and reported by the Daily Beast originally alleges that TikTok is “empty up and transferred to servers in China in a large amount of private and identifiable user data. . ”

TikTok did not immediately reply to a traffic request on the allegations, but it maintains that it stores all user data in the United States with backups in Singapore.

The documents recognize the complainant as Misty Hong, a college student and resident of Palo Alto, California, who downloaded the TikTok application in March or April 2019 but never created an account.

She later discovered that TikTok had created an account without her knowledge and provided her with a private information dossier, including biometric information collected from videos she had created but never posted.

According to the filed, TikTok switched user data to two servers in China – bugly.qq.com and umeng.com – as late as April 2019, including information about the user's device and any given websites the user visited them.

Bugly is owned by Tencent, the largest mobile software company in China, which is owned by WeChat's social network, and Umeng is part of the giant Alibaba Group of China.

The lawsuit also requires that source code from China's high-tech giant, Baidu, is embedded in the TikTok app, as is code from Igexin, a Chinese advertising service, which provided security researchers in 2017 that enabled spyware developers to install a user phone. .

The legal documents did not provide evidence of data transfers or the Baidu or Igexin source code was available in the app. Hong and his legal representatives could not be found immediately for comments.

Reporting by Katie Paul; Edited by Peter Cooney

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