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US DOJ Set to Sue TikTok Over Children's Privacy Violations

The US DOJ is preparing to sue TikTok over children's privacy violations, according to Bloomberg News. The lawsuit will be filed on behalf of the FTC. The case will be filed on behalf of the FTC. The emphasis will be on children's privacy infractions, rather than allegations of false data security claims.

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is apparently planning to bring a consumer protection action against TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance, later this year. Bloomberg News reported that the case will be filed on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission.


According to sources familiar with the situation, the DOJ will not pursue claims that TikTok misled US consumers about data security. Instead, the lawsuit will focus on infringement of children's privacy. The decision to abandon the argument that TikTok failed to notify users that employees in China were accessing their personal and financial information is also part of the plan.


Earlier this week, it was announced that the FTC had filed a complaint against TikTok and its parent firm with the DOJ. The lawsuit alleged possible infringement of children's privacy.


In a separate development, TikTok and ByteDance have petitioned a US court to overturn a regulation that might result in the popular short video app being outlawed in the United States on January 19, next year.

 
  • The US DOJ is preparing to sue TikTok over children's privacy violations, according to Bloomberg News.

  • The lawsuit will be filed on behalf of the FTC.

  • The focus will be on children's privacy violations, rather than allegations of misleading data security claims.


Source: REUTERS

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