TikTok To Pay Record $5.7M For Collecting Kids' Data

By Ben Kochman (February 27, 2019, 7:17 PM EST) -- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that the operators of lip sync music video app Musical.ly — now known as TikTok — will pay $5.7 million for illegally collecting children's data in the United States' largest-ever penalty for a children's privacy breach.

The company agreed to pay the record-setting fine for allowing children to use the app without parental consent in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the commission said. Musical.ly, which merged with TikTok in August and is owned by a Chinese company, also agreed to take offline all videos taken by U.S. users under 13, the FTC said....

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