The Short Video Sharing App TikTok (Formerly Known As Musically) Will Pay $5.7 Million As The Fine For Violating Children’s Privacy Law & Collecting Thier Data Without Their Parent’s Consent.
If You Are From Indian Sub-Continent, You Must Have Heard About TikTok (Formerly Known As Musically) Owned By Chinese Start-Up ByteDance. . TikTok Is A Short-Form Video Sharing App & Social Network With More 1 Billion Downloads On Google Play Store And Apple App Store With 250 Million Downloads From India Only.
The U.S. Based Self-Regulatory Organization Called Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) Accused That TikTok “illegally collected personal information from children” By Not Obtaining Their Parent’s Permission Before They Signed Up, Putting It In Violation Of COPPA – The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
According To COPPA, Any App Or Website Targeted At Children, Such As TikTok Must Ask Children Under The Age Of 13 To Get Parental Consent To Share Persona Information Like Name, Email Address, IP Address, Geolocation Information With App Or Website.
For Violating Those Law TikTok Is Slapped With A Hefty Fine Of $5.7 Million By FTC(Federal Trade Commission ).
FTC’s chairman Joe Simmons said, “This record penalty should be a reminder to all online services and websites that target children: We take enforcement of COPPA very seriously, and we will not tolerate companies that flagrantly ignore the law.”