TikTok spokeswoman Hilary McQuaide said in response to the new complaint that “we take privacy seriously and are committed to helping ensure that TikTok continues to be a safe and entertaining community for our users.” As part of the consent agreement, the FTC had said that TikTok, then known as Musical.ly, had known that young children used the app and had failed to get parental consent to collect their names, email addresses and other personal information. It paid a fine of $5.7 million. But, the privacy advocates said, TikTok failed to delete personal information about users age 12 and younger as it had promised as part of the consent agreement.
TikTok users around the world are sharing their location data and other behavioral information with the app, and that’s why people are concerned.Question: Why are we comfortable with American companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon collecting complex user-data, but so skeptical just because TikTok is based in China?.
“We found that TikTok currently has many regular account holders who are under age 13, and many of them still have videos of themselves that were uploaded as far back as 2016, years prior to the consent decree,” they said in their complaint.TikTok’s decision to create accounts for children age 12 and under that have less functionality failed to meet requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act because the company still collects information, which it shares with third parties that want it for advertising. Also, children can easily avoid using the kids’ version of the app by being dishonest about their age, the groups said.
Reporting by Diane Bartz; Additional reporting by Paresh Dave; Editing by Leslie Adler and Gerry DoyleOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.