Italy’s data privacy authority has ordered video sharing app TikTok to temporarily obstruct the accounts of any users whose ages can’t be validated, Reuters reported.
The Italian Data Protection Authority bought TikTok to block unproven users in Italy up until at least February 15 th. The business informed The Guardian it had actually not discovered content on its platform which would have motivated the child to take part in the difficulty, however said it was cooperating with the investigation.
” Personal privacy and security are top concerns for TikTok and we are constantly enhancing our policies, processes, and innovations to protect all users, and our younger users in particular,” a TikTok spokesperson said in an e-mail to The Verge on Saturday.
Under its regards to service, users must be at least 13 years of ages to sign up for an account on TikTok, however Italian authorities stated it’s simple to navigate that rule. TikTok has a variation of its app in the United States for kids under 13– TikTok for Younger Users– which is meant to limit the content and interaction available to those users.
As it skyrocketed in appeal, TikTok spent much of the previous year including more privacy controls for younger users’ accounts. It presented remote parental controls and permitted moms and dads to change kids’ personal privacy settings on the app. Previously this month, TikTok updated the default privacy settings for users in between 13 and 15 years of ages, putting limitations on who can see and comment on their videos.
However children’s personal privacy advocates have actually argued that TikTok does not do enough to safeguard kids on its platform. Its Beijing-based moms and dad business ByteDance paid a $5.7 million fine to the United States Federal Trade Commission in 2019 for an earlier version of TikTok called Musical.ly, over claims it violated the Kid’s Online Privacy Act (COPPA) in enabling users under 13 to sign up for the app without their parents’ approval.
The short-term suspension of unproven accounts in Italy prohibits TikTok from “more processing user data for which there is no absolute certainty of age and, consequently, of compliance with the provisions connected to the age requirement.”
Update January 23 rd 5: 55 PM ET: Included declaration from TikTok representative.