ByteDance sued for collecting children’s data from Musical.ly
It’s illegal to collect data from kids under 13 without parental consent in the US, which landed TikTok in hot water earlier this year
The parent company of TikTok, one of the world’s most popular apps, is in trouble again. But this time it seems like its acquisition of Musical.ly is to blame.
The new lawsuit accuses Musical.ly -- the app later acquired by ByteDance and merged into TikTok in 2017 -- of collecting geo-locations, names, phone numbers and other information of young users since 2014. That data eventually ended up with TikTok and ByteDance. We reached out to ByteDance for comment but haven’t received a response.
TikTok has repeatedly defended itself over concerns about data security and censorship. It denies being influenced by Beijing to censor content and says American user data is stored in the US and Singapore.