Social networking app TikTok, previously known as Musically, has settled with the Federal Trade Commission for $5.7 million over allegations that the company violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA. The act requires social networking apps or websites targeting children to acquire parental consent from users who are under 13 years of age before they start collecting personal data. The FTC found that, despite knowing that a substantial number of their users were children under age 13, Musically failed to notify parents or receive parental consent before collecting email addresses, names, and other personal information. Additionally, the company violated the COPPA Rule by failing to delete personal information at the request of parents.
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