The quickly-settled class action accused TikTok of infringing upon children's digital privacy rights.
Obligatory (and even more so, in this context) reminder: Musical·ly the app was nothing to do with us, Music Ally the company. Along with this, the lawsuit states that the app had collected location data of the users between December 2015 and October 2016 using which anyone on the app can find out the location of a user through TikTok.
"TikTok is firmly committed to safeguarding the data of its users, especially our younger users", the spokesperson told The Verge.
For these allegations, the TikTok spokesperson reacted as " TikTok was made aware of the allegations in the complaint some time ago, and although, we disagree with much of what is alleged in the complaint, we have been working with the parties involved to reach a resolution of the issue".
TikTok also declined to give details of the settlement. The app surpassed 1.5 billion downloads earlier this month, according to analytics firm SensorTower.
ByteDance acquired Musical.ly in 2017, which it later rebranded because the enormously in style social video app TikTok.
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Moreover, there was a feature on the Musical.ly app that allowed users to find other users within a 50-mile radius.
Without tweaking the proper settings, whatever information was provided could be accessed by other users.
According to the class action lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of IL, the app failed to create adequate measures to prevent minors from using the service.
TikTok did not immediately reply to AFP's request for a response.
"The youth of the user base is easily apparent in perusing users' profile pictures, many of which explicitly noted the child's age, birthdate, or school", it said.
ByteDance has been sued for collecting personally identifiable data of children without parental consent, which is against the US Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Given how TikTok is in the wrong here, we can not see any other resolution other than ByteDance having to bite the bullet and settle the lawsuit, as well as change the data collection policies of the social media platform it owns.