Tik Tok App To Pay Record $5.7M Child Privacy Fine

Tik Tok App To Pay Record $5.7M Child Privacy Fine

Various cases have been reported where TikTok is used to shame users by morphing the images and videos.

TikTok says its target audience is people aged between 16 and 25, but the company acknowledges it has many users younger than that range. For the company behind the video clip app TikTok, that price just so happens to be in the form of a record fine. "This is an ongoing commitment, and we are continuing to expand and evolve our protective measures in support of this". The merging of the two apps a year ago helped propel TikTok to become one of the most popular apps of 2018.

But the FTC was concerned about how old some of those users were.

The developers knew a "significant percentage" of users were under 13 but didn't change their ways even after "thousands of complaints", the FTC said. The new owner then merged Musical.ly with TikTok, an app it already operated.

"TikTok should be nowhere near children and children should be nowhere near TikTok", Golin said.

"In fact, as the complaint notes, there have been public reports of adults trying to contact children via the Musical.ly app", notes the FTC press release. The FTC said the app did not ask for a parent's permission to collect data on users.

The settlement represents a record penalty under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a 1998 law created to put parents in charge of what information is collected about their children on the internet. These could include a principle that if data of children is specifically sought, obtained for sale/transfer on a commercial basis, consent of a parent or legal guardian should be obtained before collecting and using such data in such manner.

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"This FTC ruling underscores what we have long known: companies do not consider children's personal information out of bounds", U.S. Senator Ed Markey, who helped author COPPA, said in a statement.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) economic wing, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, has criticised TikTok for carrying "undesirable content" on its platform.

TikTok's settlement does not constitute an admission of guilt, but the BBC understands the firm does not plan to contest any of the FTC's allegations.

To comply with regulations in future, TikTok said it was launching an "experience" for under-13 users that would strip out much of the functionality of the main app.

"We care deeply about the safety and privacy of our users".

TikTok said in a statement it would create a "separate app experience" for younger users with additional privacy protections as part of its agreement with regulators. Both current and new TikTok users will be directed to the age-appropriate app experience, according to TikTok.

On social media, panicked TikTok users reported being locked out of their accounts because of making mistakes when entering the date.

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