Musical.ly Will Pay A $5.7 Million Settlement To FTC For Allegedly Taking Kids’ Info




· Following allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that Musical.ly - aka TikTok - collected kids' private info without parental consent, in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the company agreed to pay a $5.7mn settlement. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act was passed in 1998 and requires online services to obtain a parent's consent before collecting private information from children under the age of 13
· In their complaint, the FTC claimed that the company never received parental consent to collect users' info even after receiving complaints from parents, and despite the fact that a "significant amount" of its users were under the age of 13
· The app didn't ask for a user's age until it was purchased in November 2017 by TikTok's parent company, Bytedance. In addition to the settlement, Musical.ly will remove all videos from users under age 13
· To create a profile, Musical.ly requires users to supply a profile picture, first & last name, age, a short biography, email address and a phone number. The FTC complaint says that the app allowed adults to privately contact children; up until 2016, the app had a "my city" feature which showed every user in a 50-mile radius and allowed users to connect via private message
· TikTok said it will no longer allow users under 13 to comment on videos, share videos, message other users or keep a profile but it will allow them to use the app and create their own videos

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