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Tiktok still violates U.S. child-privacy laws, group charges – various

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More than a year ago, Tiktok slammed U.S. regulators for allegedly violating the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Tiktok paid a 5.7 million fine and promised to abide by the law under a settlement with the FTC. A year later, however, Tiktok is still violating the COPA, a group of 20 advocacy groups have complained, and they have called on the FTC to investigate popular short-form social-video applications.

Campaign-led coalition of groups, “Guaranteed children and families have failed to delete personal information collected from tick-tock children with a record number of shocks on the site and still continue to collect children’s personal information without parental notice and consent,” For Childhood (CCFC), Center for Digital Democracy, Thursday Has announced.

COPPA requires websites and online services to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children under 13 years of age.

In a five-page complaint filed with the FTC, advocacy groups filed three main allegations against TickTock: they said the agency did not delete personal information for minors under the age of 13 obtained before the FTC’s 2016 settlement; It is still not getting parental consent before collecting children’s personal information; And it does not allow parents to review or delete their children’s personal information by ticking.

Tic Tac Toe, owned by Chinese Internet company Bytens, has not addressed specific allegations that it is still violating the COPA.

Asked in a comment, an agency representative said, “We take privacy seriously and are committed to helping ensure that TickTock continues to be a safe and entertaining community for our users.”

The company has taken this step to protect the privacy of users under the age of 13, including TickTock, for the viewing experience only for younger users; A collection of organizations created in association with associations including the Youth Portal, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Family Online Safety Institute, and the National PTA; And it’s the parental controls option launched last month.

However, the groups argued that tickling makes it easier for children to avoid parental consent. Anyone can enter a fake date of birth, on the other hand the company even collects information for young users to register for TickTock, to schedule videos to show later.

Here is the full list of groups signing the TTC complaint to FTC: A Commercial-Free Childhood Campaign, Digital Democracy Center, Badas Teachers Association, Berkeley Media Studies Group, Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development, Amerika, Conjure , Consumer Reports, Protecting Early Years, Vaid Utina Privacy Information Center, Media Education Foundation, obligations, Inc.. , Story of Staff, United Church of Christ and USPIRG.

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