The news: The UK’s data privacy regulator is investigating how video-sharing app TikTok handles children’s personal data, and whether it’s doing enough to keep children safe on its platform.
Live-stream gifting: TikTok lets users send video stars “digital gifts” worth up to $62 during live streams, a practice that is common in TikTok’s native China but less so in the West.
Specifically, it is looking into whether TikTok is breaking European data protection laws, information commissioner Elizabeth Denham told a parliamentary committee, the Guardian reports.
March of the regulators: Back in February the company was fined $5. 7 million by the US Federal Trade Commission for illegally collecting kids’ personal information.
Specifically, TikTok had failed to seek parental consent before collecting personal information from users under the age of 13.
A BBC investigation has revealed that some TikTok users (including children) are spending hundreds of dollars sending money to their favorite stars this way.
Age of consent: Thirteen is the internet’s de facto “age of adulthood” thanks to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act in the US, passed in 1998.
What you should know about the TikTok investigation over how it uses children’s data. https://t.co/WgyXFZUHsh— MIT Technology Review (@techreview) July 3, 2019