American parents filed a class action lawsuit against TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, for violating the privacy laws of children and collecting user data for people under 13 years old through an application formerly called Musical.ly. This was noticed in The Verge.
ByteDance acquired Musical.ly in 2017, and a year later transferred all active users to a similar TikTok application. According to the lawsuit, ByteDance collected data on Musical.ly users under 13 years old without parental permission “at least since 2014” and sold it to advertisers.
The American Children’s Internet Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prohibits media companies from collecting data about children without their parent’s permission. Violation of this law may result in a lawsuit from the US Federal Trade Commission.
A representative of TikTok told the publication that the company does not agree with the statements of the plaintiffs and are working to resolve the problem. The results of the negotiations were promised to be announced shortly.
In October, ByteDance was accused of collecting US user data, passing it on to the Chinese government, and censoring China’s criticism. Earlier, in February, the Federal Trade Commission fined the company $ 5.7 million for violating COPPA due to the collection of information about children under 13 without parental consent.