The app formerly- China’s Bytedanceacquired Musical.ly in 2017announced that it was rebranding Musical.ly as TikTok, an existing app with a short-form video format. All three companies are named as defendants in the class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Advertisement The complaint viewed by Gizmodo alleges that its app’s first problem was that it failed to create adequate safeguards to prevent minors from using the app. In order to create an account, the app required personally identifying information of users like their email address, phone number, username, first and last name, and a photo and bio in which they might reveal their age. Moreover, the suit alleges that between December 2015 and October 2016, the app also collected location data on users, a feature that “enabled Defendants and other users of the App to identify where a user was located.” In addition to being a platform on … [Read more...] about TikTok Sued Over Claims That App ‘Tracked, Collected, and Disclosed’ the Data of Children
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Every new privacy law is a battle over data. While the fight is still going on around privacy laws like Europe’s GDPR and California’s CCPA, New York State is set to become the next theater of war as legislators are poised to pass one of the strongest privacy laws in the United States. The fight in New York state’s capital city of Albany is taking place with a backdrop of a much larger and significant — but ultimately much slower moving — struggle over federal privacy legislation that will govern the entire country. While Washington D.C. stalls out over partisan struggles and the 2020 presidential campaign, states are where the immediate action is taking place. Advertisement New York State senator Kevin Thomas introduced the New York Privacy Act last month and expects it to be voted on and passed this summer, according to a report in Wired. “If this passes it will be one of the strictest laws in the country,” cybersecurity lawyer Kenneth … [Read more...] about New York State Is Pushing ‘One of the Strictest’ Privacy Bills in the Nation
Cloud storage is easy to come by. Dozens of services shovel tons of free space to you just for signing up. But which of those services are looking at the files you upload, and most importantly, which services encrypt your personal data so no one can look at it? Let's take a look. You already know why you should care about your privacy, even if you think you have nothing to hide. Privacy is even more important when it comes to cloud storage. You trust the service you sign up for to keep your files safe and secure and away from prying eyes. Whether you use your cloud storage for music, tax returns, or backups, it's still important to know that your provider isn't rifling through your files to make sure the music isn't pirated. If their servers ever get hacked, you want to know your tax returns and financial documents are safe. Advertisement When we asked you for the best cloud storage providers, many of you asked an important question: Which services offered encryption or other … [Read more...] about The Best Cloud Storage Services that Protect Your Privacy
Facebook has spent the past few weeks on an apology tour amid the fallout of its Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal, in which the company lost control of extensive information on 50 million users harvested without their consent. They’ve dispatched founder Mark Zuckerberg to recite talking points, shuffled around some privacy settings, recalibrated Zuckerberg’s talking points, and in between relatively meaningless other directives, taken out full-page newspaper ads saying sorry (and subtly mentioning they expect other similar incidents to emerge). Oh, but you were looking for some actual, systemic changes in the way Facebook handles user data to better safeguard your privacy, not some tweaks around the margins? You sweet summer child. Advertisement Per Reuters, Zuckerberg says the company has no plans to comply globally with the European Union’s strict new General Data Protection Regulation law, which takes effect in May 2018. That’s the one that … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg: Boy That EU Privacy Law Is Great, Just You Know, Only in the EU
When PayPal announced last month that it would acquire Honey, the browser extension and app that helps you find coupon codes and deals when you shop online, my ears perked up. It wasn’t the news of the acquisition that piqued my interest: it was the fact that PayPal would pay $4 billion, mostly in cash, for the company. What could PayPal possibly want with Honey’s 17 million users? But the answer is obvious: data. The reality of every program you use that finds you deals, discounts, coupons, or cash-back rebates is that the service needs to collect information about your shopping habits in order to find those deals and discounts for you. Advertisement But is it worth trading your personal data about your shopping habits for a coupon code? Unfortunately, it’s not easy to give a definitive answer across the board. It depends on the service, what data they collect, and how they share it—and by share, I mean sell. How online shopping browser extensions make … [Read more...] about Should You Trust Online Shopping Apps Like Honey?