“The app`s privacy policy also reveals that user data is shared with TikTok`s associated companies and external business partners and service providers, as is the case for free social networking apps that have an ad-based business model,” wrote Tony Weibell, TikTok`s attorney. in a court filing. TikTok says user data is only stored in the United States and Singapore. By: TikTok Privacy privacy@tiktok.comSubject: Re: Revised policyDat√©: April 28, 2019 at 4:23:12 AM EDT U.S. government audit is not the only threat to TikTok stemming from its ties to China. On December 2, the Daily Beast reported that Misty Hong, an American student, had filed a class action lawsuit against TikTok for allegedly transferring her private data to servers in China. The data included locations, age, private messages, phone numbers, contacts, gender, browser history, mobile phone serial numbers, and users` IP addresses. Although an earlier version of TikTok`s privacy policy stated that user data could be sent to China, the complaint claims that the company did so after that directive changed. Under ByteDance`s new proposal, Microsoft, which also owns the professional social media network LinkedIn, will be responsible for protecting all data of U.S. TikTok users, the sources said.

The plan allows a U.S. company other than Microsoft to buy TikTok in the U.S., the sources added. In a way, TikTok collects less data. In addition to most types of personal information collected by TikTok, Facebook also tracks users across devices and other apps and websites. As I wrote, it tracks you even if you don`t use Facebook and your phone is turned off. We didn`t see any similar behavior in the TikTok app. Twenty separate but similar federal complaints were filed last year on behalf of TikTok users in California, where the company has branches, and Illinois, that tech companies obtain written consent before collecting data about an individual`s identity. The app displays videos of people being followed by a user and also, more importantly, the content that the app chooses based on what they`ve seen before.