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22 J. High Tech. L. 1 (2021-2022)

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      DATA   SNATCHERS:   ANALYZING TIKTOK'S COLLECTION OF
    CHILDREN'S   DATA   AND  ITS COMPLIANCE WITH MODERN DATA
                        PRIVACY   REGULATIONS






                           Samuel   M. Roth*




I.      Introduction

        Between nationwide bans and high stakes data privacy
settlements, modern   social media applications face a considerable  risk
collecting the personal information  of their younger users, and, as one
of the fastest growing social media platforms, TikTok   is no exception.1
TikTok   is a social-networking   platform  owned   by  ByteDance that
allows  users to create and share short-form  mobile  videos.2  In 2020,



* J.D. Candidate, Suffolk University Law School, 2022.
1 See Eldar Haber, The Internet of Children: Protecting Children's Privacy in a
Hyper-Connected World, 20 U. ILL. L. REV. 1209, 1209 (2020) (noting the mass
datafication of children in today's society as well as the heightened responsibility for
companies to handle children's data more carefully). The move towards an always-
on era, by which  interconnected devices constantly collect data from users,
regardless of their age, exposes children to grave privacy risks. Id. The dire
consequences of children's interconnectivity on a global scale, and the mass data-
collection the results from such interconnectivity, necessitates a comprehensive
reform of the regulatory framework that governs such protection. Id. See also Sam
Blake & Tami  Abdollah, TikTok Under Scrutiny From Child Privacy Advocates,
DOT.LA (May  14, 2020), archived at https://perma.cc/JM53-N3FW (stating that in
the U.S., TikTok is currently fighting multiple class action lawsuits and receiving
pressure from regulatory enforcement agencies).
2 See Our Products, BYTEDANCE (2020), archived at https://perma.cc/2Z2X-R69W
(describing the mission and use of TikTok).  ByteDance's  products mostly
incorporate social media and interconnectivity, with offices and availability around
the globe. Id. See also Joe Tidy & Sophia Smith Galer, TikTok: The story of a social
media  giant, BBC  (Aug. 5, 2020), archived at https://perma.cc/6NSP-G5AG
(detailing the story of TikTok as a social media giant); John Herrman, How TikTok

         Copyright © 2021 Journal of High Technology Law and Samuel M. Roth.
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