TikTok under fire again from US child-privacy campaigners
In February 2019, TikTok paid $5.7m as part of a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission following a child-privacy investigation dating back to the Musical·ly app (not us!) that TikTok merged with in 2018. Besides...
May 14, 2020
Study: privacy worries DO put people off products and services
This is one of those things that may seem obvious, but it’s useful to have some hard data for. The Pew Research Center in the US has been surveying Americans about whether privacy concerns would stop them from using a...
April 16, 2020
Tools: Portes. Connect artists directly to their fans in under 3 seconds, with a bespoke VIP experience
Consumer concerns around online privacy, and new regulations such as GDPR, COPPA and CCPA are causing complications for tech giants like Facebook, Google and TikTok; and are increasingly seen as a differentiator and point...
March 5, 2020
Sandbox Issue 247: All Triller, No Filler: Music’s next big launchpad?
Lead: Triller is not a TikTok killer – but it is certainly proving to be a hearty contender. At the moment, it is strongest in the US and it skews heavily towards hip-hop as its in-built soundtrack. Its ambitions are, however,...
March 5, 2020
Troy Carter talks music disruption: ‘I’d still be in a panic if I were a major label…’
Troy Carter was the closing keynote at Music Ally and Music Biz's NY:LON Connect conference in New York on Friday. The former Atom Factory boss (where he managed Lady Gaga during her rise to fame) and Spotify exec is now...
January 20, 2020
Apple, Google and Amazon team up for new smart-home standard
We’re more used to big technology companies taking potshots at one another over privacy or finding ways to keep one another’s services off their own devices. But this being the season of goodwill, here’s a news story...
December 19, 2019
Warner Music Group appoints its first senior privacy counsel
Here’s an interesting job title for a major label: senior privacy counsel. Warner Music Group has just created the role, and appointed Clare McConnell to it, reporting in to WMG’s general counsel, international, Kate...
December 12, 2019
TikTok settles children’s privacy lawsuit in the US
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...
December 6, 2019
Portes aims to connect artists and fans while respecting privacy
Artists connecting with fans and rewarding superfans has been a trend in our industry for years. Doing that while respecting their digital privacy is… a somewhat-newer trend. Something that’s trying to walk this line...
December 5, 2019
TikTok sued over Musical·ly child-privacy protection issues
Another day, another legal headache for TikTok in the US. It’s not a new issue, but rather a new lawsuit about a familiar issue: whether the Musical·ly app that parent company Bytedance acquired and later merged with TikTok...
December 5, 2019
Americans not entirely sold on smart-speaker personalisation
There are many studies on adoption of smart speakers and which companies are dominating the market – with research firm Canalys forecasting that more than 200m devices will be sold this year globally. However, other studies...
November 25, 2019
New survey reveals Americans’ pessimism over privacy issues
After a string of revelations and controversies around digital privacy in recent years, how are Americans feeling about this issue? Not so good, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Roughly six in ten US...
November 18, 2019