Gadget / How TikTok’s Heavy Fine in US For Collecting Data Concerns India

The Quint : Mar 02, 2019, 11:09 AM

The operator of video-sharing app Tik Tok, popular with teenagers agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle federal allegations it illegally collected personal information from children. TikTok, is the largest ever obtained in children's privacy case. Tik Tok has quietly become a roaring giant, over 54 million monthly active users. App violated the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and personal information.

ByteDance, the operator of video-sharing app Tik Tok, popular with teenagers agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle federal allegations it illegally collected personal information from children .

The Federal Trade Commission said the Wednesday penalty against lip-syncing app TikTok, is the largest ever obtained in a children's privacy case.

The FTC said the app violated the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires kid-oriented websites to get parents' consent before collecting personal information from children under 13.

The app changed its practices in 2017 to officially ban kids under 13 from joining, but it wasn't hard to find children as young as 8 or 9 sharing short videos of themselves on the platform.