TikTok will pay 92 million dollars to US users for security flaws

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By CAPosts 27 February, 2021 - 08:00am 81 views

TikTok's stay in the United States has been turbulent and despite the fact that the relationship with the government of that country has calmed down, the Chinese company behind the social network, ByteDance, accepted an agreement through which it will have to pay 92 million dollars to settle a class action lawsuit by users regarding the privacy of their data. The reason for the lawsuit against the technology is that the social network "infiltrates the devices of its users and extracts a wide range of private data, including biometric data and content that the defendants use to track and profile users for the purpose of, among other things, ad targeting and earnings, ”according to the document reviewed by Reuters. The social network has more than 100 million users in the United States and controversies around user privacy had been a recurring theme during the last years of the administration of former President Donald Trump, especially at the beginning of the lockdown. due to the pandemic, a period in which the platform gained significant popularity.

© iStock Unreleased During its stay in the US, the company and social network have had various controversies with the government.

For its part, ByteDance said in a statement that yes While they do not agree with the claims, they do not intend to go through a "lengthy litigation" with the US authorities, and they would "like to focus our efforts on creating a safe and joyful experience for the TikTok community." It is worth mentioning that the agreement was achieved thanks to an "inside look directed by experts at the source code of TikTok." This resolution must be approved by the federal judge of the Northern District of Illinois, John Lee, and if it is accepted, the money will be divided among the users of the social network who presented the legal appeal. Illinois is one of only three states with laws regulating the use of biometric data in the United States. The other two, Texas and Washington, do not allow individual lawsuits, but rather delegate their enforcement to their attorneys general. In addition to the sum of money, those responsible for the technology also determined that they will make changes to their privacy policy to indicate if their applications collect geolocation data or biometric information from users, as well as if they store or transmit information outside the United States. .

On the other hand, the Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Justice, in Washington, are investigating allegations that this social network did not comply with a 2019 agreement, which was intended to protect the privacy of minors. In fact, for this same reason the company was forced to pay a fine of 5.7 million dollars. This type of controversy caused the Trump administration to try to ban the platform, citing precisely the risks that its use implied for the security and privacy of US citizens. The government also forced ByteDance to sell its US operations to Oracle and Walmart. However, the new president, Democrat Joe Biden, would have suspended this movement "indefinitely", according to information reported by The Wall Street Journal , which had access to sources close to the matter a couple of weeks ago.

In addition, the The Department of Justice asked to delay the action, because they began a process of reviewing the security threats detected during the Trump administration, in order to assess whether a ban plan still makes sense. Recently and to mitigate the problems with minors, last month it was announced that the accounts of users between the ages of 13 and 15 will be private by default to take care of the digital security of the youngest. Also, only friends will be able to comment on your videos and they will not be able to use the duet feature. Other changes that will be made for tiktokers of this age range is that they will be restricted from sending or receiving direct messages from other people who are over 16 years of age.

Source: MSN