BIGtoken’s Weekly Data Privacy Roundup

After more than a year of back-and-forth litigation, the owner of TikTok, ByteDance, finally agreed to a $92 million class-action settlement this Thursday.

TikTok owner agrees to $92 million privacy settlement with U.S. users,” NBC News – February 25, 2021

  • ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok, finally agreed to a $92 million settlement to settle data privacy claims from some U.S. TikTok users. Although ByteDance still disagrees with the claims, they reached a settlement to avoid further litigation.    

On Tuesday, Microsoft CEO Sataya Nadella, fell into the spotlight after advocating for global regulation on data privacy at a virtual interaction session, BioAsia 2021, and Apple received some positive feedback on their App Store privacy labels.

“Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella bats for global regulation on data privacy,” BusinessToday – February 23, 2021

  • Microsoft CEO Sataya Nadella shared his belief that since the COVID-19 pandemic “accelerated” a necessary digital shift throughout the world, the need for global data privacy and security regulation is crucial more than ever now. Nadella pressed his statement further by recognizing data privacy as a human right.

“Why some like Apple’s new privacy labels, despite their flaws,” Vox – February 23, 2021

  • Apple’s new privacy labels have received praise from privacy advocates. They’re  easy to read and honest, which is always a step in the right direction. However, the average person doesn’t always know where to look for these labels and what to look for as well. To sum it up, there’s room for improvement.   

GitHub software company welcomes their first CSO who announced his plan to invest in more security tools for both inside GitHub and the developers on the platform as well in an effort to to secure the software supply chain.

GitHub CSO pledges more security tools, features for developers,” VentureBeat – February 26, 2021 

  • GitHub’s very first CSO, Mike Hanley, pledges to prioritize data security by investing in better security tools as well as coding tools. “So much of the world’s development happens on GitHub that security is not just an opportunity for us, but a responsibility,” explained Hanley. This would enable GitHub’s 56 million developers the ability to fix vulnerabilities at more efficient level.