Congress Urges Investigation of TikTok

Popular app may be violating privacy laws. 

Members of Congress have recently called for investigations of the social media app TikTok. Concerns are growing regarding violations of privacy, particularly regarding compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Members of the Senate Energy & Commerce Committee have questioned TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, over the potential violations of privacy that children’s advocacy groups have raised concerns about. In mid-May, the House panel’s consumer protection subcommittee had pressed the company about the possibility of such information being shared with the Chinese Communist Party.

A bipartisan group of Senators has called for the Federal Trade Commission to “investigate new evidence suggesting that the popular video social media platform TikTok is violating legal obligations to protect kids’ privacy.” The lawmakers’ concerns for the protection of children’s privacy comes amid the coronavirus pandemic. Social-distancing guidelines have caused a nearly 30% increase in young people’s use of the video-sharing app.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Congress as they seek to safeguard the online privacy of children.
  • For the Federal Trade Commission as they look into possible illegal activity surrounding privacy.

Sources: LawStreetMedia, The Hill, DailyCaller


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