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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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@swodinsky Yep. And others have made similar claim, like tech experts hired by plaintiffs lawyers who found data’s… https://t.co/ZhPPIa6gbz
@JSimoncavage Cute pup. https://t.co/AKXJ5sga3j
RT @robert_spalding: Class-Action Lawsuit Claims TikTok Steals Kids' Data And Sends It To China : NPR https://t.co/7r2nc2mKl8
@denisee623 @hi_its_laura1 @jaimepantss This goes into a bit more detail. It's not so much "China bad. Murica good"… https://t.co/mSosxWsPqf