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TikTok Agrees to Pay $92 Million to Settle Lawsuit Alleging Data Theft
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TikTok Agrees to Pay $92 Million to Settle Lawsuit Alleging Data Theft

CHICAGO, 3rd March 2021-- US-based law firms will receive a $92 million proposed class action settlement on behalf of users of the TikTok app. The settlement, if approved by the court, would resolve claims that the social media company wrongfully collected its users’ biometric information and private data, and disclosed that information to third parties. In addition to creating a monetary fund for TikTok users, the settlement requires that TikTok initiate a new privacy compliance training program and take other steps to protect its users’ privacy going forward. TikTok is a video-sharing social network that has denied any privacy violations, the class action lawsuit contended that the app collects and discloses personal data in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Priv...
Facebook’s Onavo Removed from Apple Store Due to Privacy Concerns
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Facebook’s Onavo Removed from Apple Store Due to Privacy Concerns

The technology giant Apple has removed the Facebook-owned security app Onavo from the Apple Store. This step has been taken because the app failed to follow the privacy policy and rules of the tech major. It was reported that the app was gathering information about the other apps present on the users' iPhones for the purpose of advertising or marketing. With this, Facebook was able to know how people use smartphones outside of its own services. "We work hard to protect user privacy and data security throughout the Apple ecosystem," an Apple spokesperson said. "With the latest update to our guidelines, we made it explicitly clear that apps should not collect information about which other apps are installed on a user's device for the purposes of analytics or advertising/marketing and mus...
Facebook Bug Changed The Privacy Settings of 14 Million Users
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Facebook Bug Changed The Privacy Settings of 14 Million Users

The most popular online social media platform Facebook recognized a technical malfunction on Thursday due to which the default privacy settings of around 14 million users were changed, making their posts public even if they were determined to be private. The Facebook users who thought they might be sharing their content privately only with their friends unintentionally shared their posts with everyone on the platform because of the software bug. The company yet again failed to keep the information of millions of users private. The company blamed a software bug for this problem and stated that it went back and reclassified the affected posts to the user's default setting before the bug, and the problem has now been resolved. Also, it has been mentioned that Facebook will notify and in...
App Developer Access To iPhone X Face Data Spooks Some Privacy Experts
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App Developer Access To iPhone X Face Data Spooks Some Privacy Experts

Apple Inc won accolades from privacy experts in September for assuring that facial data used to unlock its new iPhone X would be securely stored on the phone itself. But Apple’s privacy promises do not extend to the thousands of app developers who will gain access to facial data in order to build entertainment features for iPhone X customers, such as pinning a three-dimensional mask to their face for a selfie or letting a video game character mirror the player’s real-world facial expressions. Apple allows developers to take certain facial data off the phone as long as they agree to seek customer permission and not sell the data to third parties, among other terms in a contract seen by Reuters. App makers who want to use the new camera on the iPhone X can capture a rough map of a u...
WhatsApp Will Share Your Phone Number with Facebook
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WhatsApp Will Share Your Phone Number with Facebook

Messaging service WhatsApp has updated its global privacy policy, under which it will now share phone numbers of users with its parent company, Facebook. While the move will help Facebook offer more targeted advertisements on its own platform, WhatsApp will continue to be ad-free, a WhatsApp spokesperson said. He added that this is the first time when WhatsApp has updated user privacy policy after being acquired by Facebook in 2014 in a USD 19-billion deal. Privacy advocates had raised concerns that Facebook would start mining WhatsApp accounts for data. However, both the companies have maintained that WhatsApp would operate separately from the parent company and that its user data would not be shared without users consent.WhatsApp has over one billion users globally, with a significant...