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TikTok’s parent company sued for collecting data on kids 1

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is being sued after allegedly violating baby privateness legal guidelines and collecting the data of younger customers by the video app, which was previously known as Musical.ly.

ByteDance acquired Musical.ly in 2017, which it later rebranded because the enormously standard social video app TikTok. According to the December third criticism, ByteDance has collected data from Musical.ly customers underneath the age of 13 with out their mother and father’ express consent “since at least 2014” and bought the data to third-party advertisers.

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, forbids social media firms from collecting the data of kids with out express parental consent. Failing to acquire that consent could be in violation of…

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