FTC to investigate TikTok consumer datea, processing

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August 13, 2020 - 5:55 pm
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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection – and U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) – Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet – called on Chairman Joseph Simons of the Federal Trade Commission to investigate TikTok’s consumer data collection and processing practices. In addition, Sens. Moran and Thune are seeking specific answers from the FTC related to allegations from a Wall Street Journal article that described TikTok’s undisclosed collection and transmission of unique persistent identifiers from millions of U.S. consumers until November 2019. This report also described questionable activity by the company as it relates to the transparency of these data collection activities, and the letter seeks clarity on these practices.

“There are allegations that TikTok discretely collected media access control (MAC) addresses, commonly used for advertisement targeting purposes, through Google Android’s operating system under an “unusual layer of encryption” through November 2019,” the senators wrote. “Given these reports and their potential relevancy to the “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok,” we urge the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the company’s consumer data collection and processing practices as they relate to these accusations and other possible harmful activities posed to consumers.”
 

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