Apparently You Should Stop Using TikTok 🙁, Here’s Why…

taking a closer look at TikTok’s privacy practices

Concern #1: Children Use TikTok

One of the reasons that TikTok’s privacy is especially important is because of TikTok’s young user-base. According to eMarketer, 49 percent of American teenagers had used TikTok as of December 2019.

“We may collect certain information automatically from the user’s device, including internet or other network activity information such as device ID, IP address, web browser type and version, country-level location, as well as certain app activity data, such as video watches, time in the app, and general usage data.”

TikTok, Privacy Policy for Younger Users

The Privacy Policy for Younger Users still permits TikTok to share information about young users with its “corporate group” and “service providers”. On a more positive note, TikTok does not sell the information of Younger Users to third parties. If this is concerning for you or your child, you can send a request to TikTok to delete any of the information that has been collected about you.

Concern #2: TikTok’s Chinese Connection

TikTok’s data collection isn’t anything out of the ordinary for social media platforms. One of the biggest drivers for peoples’ concerns is that TikTok is owned by a Chinese company called ByteDance, which is based in Beijing.

Concern #3: TikTok Offers Very Little Transparency

TikTok released its first “Transparency Report” at the end of 2019. However, this report didn’t answer many of the questions that privacy advocates and others had about TikTok.

Concern #4: Organizations Banning TikTok

Another red flag is that different organizations are taking action against TikTok by preventing their employees from using TikTok.

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Internet Matters TikTok Parental Controls Guide

If you’re a parent trying to understand how TikTok works, I feel you. I’m still in the dark about TikTok, and just don’t quite get it. This guide from Internet Matters gives some clarity into what you should be doing to make sure your children are using TikTok safely.

Source: internetmatters.org/parental-controls/social-media/tiktok-privacy-and-safety-settings/

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