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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

Americans Want Facebook and TikTok Banned Over Privacy Concerns

Online privacy is a concern for many users, and a new survey suggests people are most wary of Facebook and TikTok.

According to a recent survey conducted by WhistleOut, 85 percent of respondents believe that at least one tech company is currently spying on them. At the head of the list are Facebook (68 percent) and TikTok (53 percent), who many believe to be breaking privacy laws. TikTok especially has seen a recent tide of hate as a Chinese company in possession of American user data.

Source: Americans Want Facebook and TikTok Banned Over Privacy Concerns | PCMag

TikTok unclear on how old EU data will be transferred to new Irish data centre

TikTok has admitted that it will not retroactively transfer all EU personal data to its new data site in Ireland when the facility is completed next year, in a decision that could provoke concern among data protection activists in Europe.

The company currently stores EU personal data at sites in the United States and Singapore, but has plans to construct a €420 million site in Ireland in 2021, as a means to allay some of the worries related to the transmission of personal data from the EU, to countries with less stringent data protection regimes.

Source: TikTok unclear on how old EU data will be transferred to new Irish data centre – EURACTIV.com

US bans WeChat and TikTok

On September 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced detailed sanctions relating to the mobile applications WeChat and TikTok.

These prohibitions were issued in accordance with President Trump’s Executive Orders issued on August 6, 2020, imposing economic sanctions against the platforms. These orders, if they become fully effective, will (1) prohibit mobile app stores in the U.S. from permitting downloads or updates to the WeChat and TikTok mobile apps, (2) prohibit U.S. companies from providing Internet backbone services that enable the WeChat and TikTok mobile apps; and (3) prohibit U.S. companies from providing services through the WeChat mobile app for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments to or from parties.

However, U.S. Department of Commerce has suspended its prohibitions relating to TikTok downloads and updates for seven days (until September 27).

Source: Department of Commerce Notices on Prohibited Transactions Relating to WeChat and TikTok

Data Privacy Increasingly a Focus of National Security Reviews

Oracle’s bid to partner with TikTok app may not be a standard-issue business deal, but it’s increasingly the sort of arrangement that undergoes a national security review.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday that the Oracle bid would be reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., a national security panel that is best known for reviewing outright foreign takeovers of U.S. companies.

The Oracle deal, by comparison, involves an arrangement with TikTok to move data on American users to Oracle’s cloud-computing infrastructure in the U.S. to prevent it from being shared with the Chinese government.

Source: Data Privacy Increasingly a Focus of National Security Reviews – WSJ

Oracle Enters Deal with TikTok to be “Trusted Tech Provider” to the U.S

Oracle, of the nation’s largest data brokers, has confirmed a deal with TikTok’s parent company ByteDance to become a “trusted technology provider” to the U.S.

The U.S. government previously raised concerns about the protection of user data collected by the popular video sharing app, especially given the power of the Chinese government to obtain data from TikTok.

Source: Oracle Enters Deal with TikTok to be “Trusted Tech Provider” to the U.S

TikTok, WeChat & Co: How does spyware get into smartphones?

TikTok, WeChat and thousands of other apps from China look harmless but are, in fact, malware, experts say. The apps cleverly disguise their origin. How can we protect ourselves from them?

Many apps seem innocuous and harmless to start with. At first, there is only a small back door that an attacker can use later. “Even if you look at the app now, and it is only doing harmless things, the Chinese manufacturer is often able to extend the functionality at runtime,” says founder and CEO of the IT security company CIROSEC. “All of a sudden, the app does completely different things without having been updated somewhere from the app store.”

Source: TikTok, WeChat & Co: How does spyware get into smartphones? | Science| In-depth reporting on science and technology | DW | 27.08.2020

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