Tik Tok is all the rage right now in the social media world but if you have a child that is on the platform, you need to be aware that Tik Tok Exposes Children’s Data. Here’s What You Need to Know…
A lawsuit was filed against TikTok and their parent company ByteDance, by two legal guardians of two minor children that had their data exposed.
The lawsuit claimed that Musical.ly—which was acquired by ByteDance in 2017 and later rebranded as TikTok— “surreptitiously tracked, collected, and disclosed the personally identifiable information and/or viewing data … of minor children, and then sold that data to third-party advertisers so they could, in turn, market their products and services” on the app.
The company and the legal guardians that have filed the suit have come to an agreement and TikTok has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle.
“TikTok is firmly committed to safeguarding the data of its users, especially our younger users,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “Although we disagree with much of what is alleged in the complaint, we have been working with the parties involved and are pleased to have come to a resolution of the issues.”
While TikTok asks for information such as your name, email and even birth date, they have failed to keep children and their information safe.
While there is no current word on whether or not TikTok will have better protocols for minor accounts, it is worth knowing about should you allow your child to have a profile over there.
Just know, if your child has an account, it is likely some of their information is being stored, used and even sold.
It’s scary to think about and to be safe, might be worth telling your child they can’t be on TikTok until they are older.