NEWS-Now America also tightens Tik Tok, starts investigation on violation of children's privacy

New Delhi, After India, now America has also become serious towards Chinese apps. India has imposed a ban on Tiktok, following which US agencies have now started investigating allegations against Tiktok for not meeting a 2019 agreement to protect children's privacy.

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Discussion with US Government Law Ministry 

A group working in a tech policy group in Massachusetts has discussed the subject in separate conference calls with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the US and the US government's Ministry of Law. In May, the Center for Digital Democracy, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and a few other groups complained to the FTC that Tick Talk had signed an agreement in February 2019 for its 13-year-old and younger users' videos and their personal information Promised to be removed, but the company did not do so. He had also accused Tic Toc of breach of the agreement.

The company gave the clarification, bid care for privacy 

A tiktok spokesperson said the company takes security seriously for all its users. The spokesperson also said that in the US, the company limited users under 13 years to the app, with additional provisions for security and privacy that were specifically designed for younger audiences.

The agreement was signed between the FTC and Tiktok 

The agreement was signed between the FTC and TickTock and the Ministry of Law often files court documents for the FTC. David Monahan, a campaign manager at the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, said that the FTC and the Ministry of Law officials had a video call conversation with representatives of these groups. He said that it seemed to me from the conversation that he was considering the concerns raised in our complaint.

The FTC declined to comment on this. The Law Ministry also did not immediately comment. The investigation is a new setback for Ticketock, popular among teenagers. Investigations against him have increased due to his parent company being Chinese, especially by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US, which works on national security.

America is considering banning tiktok 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said that the US was considering "banning" Ticketock. He said that it is possible that the company gives information to the Chinese government. The company has denied the charge. Tiktok has also become very popular among American teenagers. The company said last year that 2.65 crore active users use its app every month in the US and about 60 percent of them are between 16 and 24 years of age.

US lawmakers expressed concern 

US lawmakers have also expressed concerns about national security over Ticketcock's handling of its user data. They have said that they are concerned about the imperative of support and cooperation of Chinese Communist Party by Chinese companies according to Chinese law. Tittock's parent company is Bytdance and is one of several Chinese-origin companies that have been affected by trade, technology and tensions over the Kovid-19 pandemic between the US and China.

Meanwhile, amidst intense scrutiny by US regulators, the company appointed Kevin Myer, former chairman of the American company Walt Disney, as its chief executive and is trying to project an international image by opening offices in places like California, Singapore, etc.

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