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TikTok settles children’s privacy lawsuit in the US


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Yesterday, we reported on a lawsuit filed against TikTok in the US over its predecessor app Musical·ly’s handling of children’s data. There’s a speedy update on the case: it’s been settled.

“TikTok is firmly committed to safeguarding the data of its users, especially our younger users,” a spokesperson told The Verge. “Although we disagree with much of what is alleged in the complaint, we have been working with the parties involved and are pleased to have come to a resolution of the issues.” Details have not been announced.

The company is still facing plenty of scrutiny in the US, with politicians asking questions about issues including data-privacy and censorship. But the lawsuit settlement, like TikTok’s $5.7m fine paid as part of an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission earlier this year, represents another step forward for the company in cleaning up some of the… issues bequeathed to it by Musical·ly.

Stuart Dredge

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