TikTok has experienced another embarrassing privacy issue, with the revelation it is sending the personal data of job applicants to China.
TikTok was on the receiving end of ire from the US over its privacy practices and the perception it represents a threat to national security. The company even faced a lawsuit by an individual claiming the platform was sending photos and videos to Chinese servers without her permission, even without her signing up for an account.
The company has gone to great lengths to distance itself from those accusations, and tried to prove its independence from its owner, Chinese company ByteDance.
According to Business Insider, however, the company was routing personal information from job applications through servers in China. What’s worse, the data was “potentially highly sensitive, with the firm’s own policies stating that it collects medical data; sex and race data; marital status; geolocation data, among many other categories.” Adding to the issue, TikTok did not inform applicant’s their data would be routed through China.
After Business Insider approached TikTok, the company said it will end the practice. Nonetheless, this is an embarrassing lapse for company that seems to go from one embarrassing privacy and security incident to another.