US Looking At Investigating TikTok Again Over Children’s Privacy Concerns

The app’s adherence to a 2019 children’s privacy agreement will be probed.

Neel Raju Nalawade

July 8, 2020

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The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Justice Department are probing allegations about TikTok having failed to meet its obligation to protect children’s privacy under a 2019 agreement. This is yet another instance of the Chinese video-sharing app coming under the scrutiny of US agencies. A source from the Massachusetts tech policy group has told international news agency Reuters that they took part in separate conference calls with the FTC and the Justice Department to discuss the accusations on TikTok.

In May 2020, the Center for Digital Democracy, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and other bodies had also asked the FTC to look into their allegations that TikTok had failed to delete videos and personal information of users aged 13 and younger, in violation of the agreement. TikTok has responded to these allegations by saying that they take, “safety seriously for all our users,” while adding that the app provides a limited user experience to those who are under the age of 13, keeping their safety and privacy in mind.

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