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TikTok Doesn’t Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security

A new study by university cybersecurity researchers found that the computer code underlying the TikTok app doesn’t pose an overt national security threat to the U.S., which had been a concern of the Trump administration.

Released Monday by the University of Toronto cybersecurity group Citizen Lab, the report comes after government officials in multiple countries, including in the administration of former President Donald Trump, suggested the popular Chinese-owned short-video app could aid Beijing in spying overseas.

Citizen Lab, which releases regular reports on censorship and surveillance by Chinese social media apps, found no evidence of “overtly malicious behavior” after a technical analysis of TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd.

Source: TikTok Doesn’t Pose Overt Threat to U.S. National Security, Researchers Say – WSJ

TikTok privacy policy update surprises users with more personalized ads

Starting April 15, the TikTok’s personalized ads policy is changing — as are users’ options to opt out of them, it seems.

Currently, you can opt out of receiving personalized ads on TikTok. Those ads are based on your “interests,” as inferred by the things you watch and look up on the app itself. According to a notice TikTok users are starting to see on their feeds, however, it appears that this personalization will soon be mandatory.

Source: TikTok privacy policy update surprises users with more personalized ads – Vox

TikTok wants to keep tracking iPhone users with state-backed workaround

Some of China’s biggest technology companies, including ByteDance and Tencent, are testing a tool to bypass Apple’s new privacy rules and continue tracking iPhone users without their consent to serve them targeted mobile advertisements.

Apple is expected in the coming weeks to roll out changes it announced last June to iPhones that it says will give users more privacy. Until now, apps have been able to rely on Apple’s IDFA system to see who clicks on ads and which apps are downloaded.

In response, the state-backed China Advertising Association has launched a new way to track and identify iPhone users called CAID, which is being widely tested by tech companies and advertisers in the country.

Source: TikTok wants to keep tracking iPhone users with state-backed workaround | Ars Technica

TikTok owner ByteDance to pay US privacy settlement

TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance has agreed to pay 92 million dollars in a settlement to US users who are part of a class-action lawsuit alleging the video-sharing app failed to gain their consent to collect data in violation of a strict Illinois privacy law.

The federal lawsuit alleged TikTok broke the Illinois biometric privacy law, which allows suits against companies that harvest consumer data without consent, including via facial and fingerprint scanning.

Source: TikTok owner ByteDance to pay US privacy settlement – Independent.ie

BEUC files complaint against TikTok for multiple EU consumer law breaches

The European Consumer Organisation BEUC has filed a complaint with the European Commission and the network of consumer protection authorities against TikTok, a video sharing platform extremely popular with children and teenagers.

BEUC contends that TikTok falls foul of multiple breaches of EU consumer rights and fails to protect children from hidden advertising and inappropriate content. Also, TikTok’s practices for the processing of users’ personal data are misleading, says BEUC.

In addition to BEUC’s complaint, consumer organisations in 15 countries have alerted their authorities and urged them to investigate the social media giant’s conduct.

Source: BEUC files complaint against TikTok for multiple EU consumer law breaches | www.beuc.eu

Italy tells TikTok to block users after death of young girl

The Italian data privacy watchdog ordered video app TikTok on Friday to block the accounts of any users in Italy whose age it could not verify following the death of a 10-year-old girl who had been using the Chinese-owned app.

In a statement, the regulator said that although TikTok had committed to ban registration for children aged under 13, it was nonetheless easy to circumvent this rule. As a result, it said TikTok had to block unverified user accounts until at least Feb. 15 awaiting further information.

Source: Italy tells TikTok to block users after death of young girl | Reuters

London Girl granted anonymity to bring allegations that TikTok violated her privacy to court

A London judge granted a 12 year-old girl anonymity so she can take TikTok to court over allegations the social-media company violated the European Union’s strict data protection rules.

The London child “intends to go to a court asserting — rightly or wrongly — that her privacy rights and those of others like her have been infringed in ways that call for a remedy,” Judge Mark Warby said in a decision Wednesday. Not granting her anonymity could “have a chilling effect on the bringing of claims by children to vindicate their data-protection rights.”.

Source: London Girl granted anonymity to bring allegations that TikTok violated her privacy to court | National Post

Italian Privacy Watchdog Initiates Proceedings Against TikTok

The investigations the Italian DPA had started in March this year did highlight data processing activities that would appear to fall short of the new legal framework applying to personal data protection.

The violations notified by the Italian DPA to TikTok include, first and foremost, the signup mechanisms that do not protect children adequately. TikTok’s signup ban for children under 13 is actually easy to circumvent by entering a false birth date. Thus, TikTok does not prevent kids from registering nor does it check that Italian privacy legislation is complied with – indeed, in Italy registration of a child under 14 with a social network requires the consent to be authorized by parents or the holders of parental authority.

Source: Tik Tok, children’s privacy at risk: the Guarantor starts the procedure … – Privacy Guarantor

FTC launches sweeping privacy study of top tech platforms

The Federal Trade Commission is launching a new inquiry into the privacy and data collection practices of major tech firms including Amazon, TikTok owner ByteDance, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook as well as its subsidiary WhatsApp.

The agency wants much of the usage and engagement data the platforms collect on their users, the metrics they use for measuring such things and short- and long-term business strategies, among many other areas of inquiry.

Source: Scoop: FTC launches sweeping privacy study of top tech platforms – Axios

TikTok expands parental controls to include search, commenting and account privacy

TikTok announced it’s expanding its parental control feature set known as Family Pairing to give parents additional tools to manage various aspects of their teen’s account as well as their privacy on the social video platform.

The new tools will allow parents to set their teen’s account to private, control whether their Liked Videos are visible to others, control who can comment on the teen’s videos and even decide whether the teen is allowed to use TikTok’s search feature.

Source: TikTok expands parental controls to include search, commenting and account privacy | TechCrunch

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