TikTok gathers confidential data of children under 13
TiKToK, also known as Musical.ly is one which doesn’t require any introduction. It is a service which allows creating and sharing short video. This gains the popularity over the youngster within few years of its launched year September 2016. The current news states that the organization was failed to fulfill the demand of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and due to which, it has to pay $5.7 million as penalty for its illegitimate activity.
Under Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the organization would not allow to collect the Children’s sensitive data below the age of 13 years. However, it failed to complete that requirement and thus it has to pay the money as punishment. It has also been asked to delete the videos created by Children under 13. The TiKTok puted silent and did not responded when it was asked to delete the data that it had collected.
TikTok was found previously, when at it was launched, that it delivered numerous advertisements to gain much attention around its application. These notifications –were the major issues for the users of USA and Europe at that time – were interpreted their browsing activities the most.
Joe Simons’ statement
The FTC Chairman, Joe Simons states that, “The operators of Musical.ly—now known as TikTok—knew many children were using the app but they still failed to seek parental consent before collecting names, email addresses, and other personal information from users under the age of 13”.
He added, the TikTik did not even ask for the users’ approval before collecting the data. The data that is collected includes the names, last names, email addresses, children’s mobile phone numbers, usernames, biographies, profile phone and so on.
It has been reported that some unknown adults tried to contact the Children’s which could result in severe consequences. Thus, it is very much required of such action to being taken to the organization. Definitely, it will be a lesson for other organizations.