TikTok is not seen keeping up to its agreement with the FTC to better protect children using its app.
It is failing to protect its youthful users in spite of its promise to do so and if history repeats, it might have to pay another seven-figure fine if this complaint bears fruit.
The complaint was filed by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy, along with a dozen other groups. The gist of it is that TikTok continues to thumb its nose at rules designed to protect the privacy of children by leaving videos featuring them up, and fails to obtain parental consent before gathering data on said younger users.
Last year, TikTok paid a $5.7 million settlement to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in light of allegations it’d violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
According to the FTC, the app failed to obtain the necessary parental consent before collecting data on accounts children were making.
TikTok is one of the most popular apps in the world and has nearly 800 million monthly users. It was the most downloaded app in the first quarter, as millions of new users flooded onto it during the worldwide lockdown.