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Class Action Lawsuit Claims TikTok Steals Kids' Data And Sends It To China

Added 08-04-20 02:07:02pm EST - “A lawsuit alleging that TikTok collects and sends American users' data to China could cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Class Action Lawsuit Claims TikTok Steals Kids' Data And Sends It To China”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Nineteen lawsuits have been combined into a unified federal legal action against short-form video app TikTok for allegedly harvesting data from users and secretly sending the information to China. Anjum Naveed/AP hide caption

Nineteen lawsuits have been combined into a unified federal legal action against short-form video app TikTok for allegedly harvesting data from users and secretly sending the information to China.

More than 70 minors, through their parents, are alleging that the video-sharing app collects information about their facial characteristics, locations and close contacts, and quietly sends that data to servers in China.

Twenty separate but similar federal lawsuits were filed over the past year on behalf of TikTok users in California, where the company has offices, and Illinois, which requires that technology companies receive written consent before collecting data on a person's identity.

And on Wednesday, a panel of federal judges ruled that the case will be based in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Judge John Z. Lee was appointed as the presiding judge.

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