TikTok is one of the most popular apps in the world right now, but this journey is not completely free of obstacles. The application faced criticism for several reasons and was soon banned in India even before the Madras High Court lifted the ban. Now, the app with its parent company Byteens and Music.ly. (Which was reintroduced as TikTok in 2017) has been sued in the United States for alleged misuse of the personal data.
According to a class-action lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the app failed to create adequate measures to prevent minors from using the service. In addition, the app asked for their email addresses, phone numbers, first and last names, photos and bios.
The lawsuit also claims that the app sets the default privacy for new accounts to be made public, and even switching the account to private allows anyone on the app to search the account holder’s username and Allows access to their photos and bios. In addition, the lawsuit alleges that between December 2015 and October 2016, the app collected location data for users for a feature that “enables defendants and other users of the app to identify where the user was located. “
The Complaint states that it has privacy features disabled by default, includes the reports of adults trying to contact the minor children from the app. It also includes the reports which exposed the dangerous potential of the App.
Tiktok was made aware of the allegations in the complaint some time ago, and although we allegedly disagree with the complaint, we are in agreement with the parties and Work is involved to reach solutions to the issues. “