Musical.ly, the popular social media app for children known as TikTok, and the FTC recently settled allegations of violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The settled amount was $5.7 million, the largest civil penalty the agency has collected for a children’s data privacy case.
The Musical.ly app allows users to make short lip-syncing videos that can be shared on the platform. Over 200 million users have downloaded the Musical.ly app worldwide, according to the FTC, with 65 million of those accounts being in the United States.
COPPA prohibits the unauthorized or unnecessary collection of children’s personal information online by internet website operators and online services, and requires that verifiable parental consent be obtained prior to the collecting, using, and/or disclosing of personal information of children under 13. Continue reading Popular Music Video App Agrees to Record COPPA Settlement