The U.S. government fined the app now known as TikTok $5.7 million for illegally collecting children’s data

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The U.S. government fined the app now known as TikTok $5.7 million for illegally collecting children’s data

By Craig Timberg and Tony Romm

Federal regulators fined social media app Musical.ly  now known as TikTok $5.7 million for illegally collecting the names, email addresses, pictures and locations of kids under age 13, a record penalty for violations of the nation’s child privacy law.

The fine results from a settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and TikTok, which merged with California-based Musical.ly, over allegations of illegal data collection of children.

The FTC said TikTok had 65 million users registered in the United States, it was the fourth and 25th-most popular free app on Google and Apple devices.

Read the full article here.

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