UK to investigate Tiktok for children’s data privacy

July 4, 2019 | Investopaper

Popular media app Tiktok is under investigation in the United Kingdom. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office is investigating how TikTok collects and uses children’s data. The agency is investigating if the company violated the European data privacy law. Children’s data privacy right requires companies to provide specific protections to children’s personal data.

The agency is looking at the completely open messaging system. Furthermore, it is also active on tracking videos that are collected and shared by the children online.

TikTok is known as Duoyin in China. It is a media app used for creating and sharing short videos of 15 seconds. The app was launched by ByteDance in September 2016. It is one of the most popular apps among teenagers today.

Previously, US Federal Trade commission penalized Tiktok for illegally collecting the personal information of children. The Chinese company paid $5.7 million as a fine.


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