The popular Tik-Tok app violates the children’s privacy law and puts them at risk, this is what privacy watchdogs warned of.
A coalition of 20 organizations, campaigning for a child without commercials and the Center for Digital Democracy, filed a complaint Thursday with the Federal Trade Commission saying that Tik-Tok collects personal information for children under the age of 13 without the consent of their parents.
The Chinese-owned company, Bait Dance, is a popular Tik-Tok teenager, especially among young Americans.
At the same time, the program has sparked scrutiny by US officials interested in national security risks because of its Chinese ownership and popularity with children.
A fine of $ 5.7 million
It is noteworthy that Tik-Tok was fined $ 5.7 million to the Federal Trade Commission in 2019 for collecting personal information from children under the age of 13, which is a violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. It also renewed its application in a restricted mode for young users.
But privacy protectors say it is easy for children to use Tik-Tok without parental consent. In a joint press release, the groups stated that children can subscribe to a fake birth date to use the full adult version of the app, “which puts them at risk of using commercial Tuk-Tok data and inappropriate contact from adults.”
In addition, Tik-Tok uses the data it collects from users, such as their location, what is in their messages, and the videos they watch, to know what new videos can be displayed and for a targeted advertisement.
Privacy groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and find Tik-Tok for her actions. The committee said that it had received the complaint but had not commented on it.
In an email statement, Tik Tok announced that it takes privacy very seriously and is committed to ensuring that the application is a safe and enjoyable community for users.