TikTok’s Terms of Service (ToS) and Privacy Policies (PP) are both legal contracts that bind the platform and its users. It is not surprising that the tenacity of the ToS and PP of TikTok is impossibly long and hard understand a single word, it would take a week to read and re-read to understand the ToS. The PP and PP for younger users were easier to understand and were significantly shorter than the ToS. By using a keyword search to search for specific words such as ‘Privacy’ and ‘Access’ for the general PP, and ‘Collect’ for the Younger Users PP. Because the keyword search searches all words regarding ‘Privacy,’ ‘Access,’ and ‘Collect,’ it was decided to exclude the times it was mentioned in titles, headings, or weblinks to narrow down the search results.
Under the section ‘User Content and Behavioural Information’ TikTok may collect information such as identifying objects and scenery that appear in the background, location, face, and body attributes from the user’s content. The platform may also collect and review users’ interests, gender, and age for the purpose of personalizing content, as well as “promoting your content to other users and exploring whether your profile presents further opportunities for collaboration.” These facts can make a user uncomfotable and they may decide to not use the app any further.
The difference between these two Policies is significant, so a question arose from this analysis. Why is it riskier for anyone over the age of 14 who are in fact still minors, to use TikTok? It is frightening at how loosely TikTok speaks about Users rights in the PP compared to how much more protected users are in YUPP. All users of TikTok should be under the policies of the YUPP because it seems more serious about the security and integrity of minors than it does with the bigger population which still include minors.