November 29, 2020
TikTok parent company ByteDance sued for collecting data on kids violating COPPA

TikTok Parent Company, ByteDance, Sued for Collecting Data on Kids

TikTok parent corporation, Chinese-based ByteDance, is being sued for allegedly violating COPPA, for collecting data on children…

ByteDance, the parent organization of the popular short-form lip-syncing video app TikTok, is being sued for allegedly violating child privacy laws.

ByteDance Sued for Collecting Data on Children

ByteDance acquired Musical.ly in 2017, which it successfully rebranded as TikTok. The company allegedly collected data on Musical.ly users under 13 years of age, without their parents’ explicit consent. The practices, according to the December 3rd compliant, goes back to at least 2014.

The lawsuit moreover claims said data collected on kids under 13 years old was sold to third-party advertisers.

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, forbids social media companies from collecting the data of children without explicit parental consent.

This isn’t the first time the Chinese company has been in legal trouble for COPPA violations. Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement over COPPA violations through subsidiary Musical.ly for $5.7 million.

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