TikTok’s Privacy Policy

 

TikTokFacts18“TikTokFacts18” by The Daring Librarian is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The newest trend in social media started when TikTok, a video based social media platform, became wildly popular in 2018. The app tapped into the rapidly growing market for video-sharing and the book community has adapted remarkedly well. With BookTok becoming the newest big thing in the bookish community, I think it’s important to take a look at what data TikTok collects, how they handle their user’s information, and what exactly their privacy policy is. 

First off, what is TikTok exactly? TikTok started as two separately owned apps from creators in China. In 2018, ByteDance bought Music.ly and merged the apps into one, and expanded the app now called TikTok into a worldwide app (Tidy & Galer, 2020). TikTok allows users to share their videos with the world and their advanced algorithm helps users easily find content related to their interests. 

So, what information does TikTok collect? According to TikTok’s policy, they automatically collect user information, device information, location data, messages, metadata, and cookies (TikTok, 2020). User information is the information you provide when registering your account, such as name and email, as well as the security information you provide for account security. Device and location data includes your IP address, what type of device your using, phone service carrier, internet provider, and your gps location (if permitted). Any messages and content you create or share on the platform will be collected as well as what your preferences are and the content you interact with more so the algorithm can keep the content you see relevant. 

Next, what does TikTok do with the information? TikTok uses the information they collect to troubleshoot and improve the app as needed, keep each user’s experience relative to their interests, and promote compatible advertisements. TikTok also uses information to enforce the user agreements such as age being 13 and over. TikTok also shares information with third parties and business parties. Although their policy states they do not sell your information, they do state they will share your information with business partners such as payment processors, technical support, advertisers and even researchers. Also, if TikTok decides to merge with another company, sell their company or assets, or consolidate, they are allowed to share your information with the parties involved. 

How does TikTok’s privacy policy compare to other social media platforms?

There is a lot of controversy over the safety of using TikTok. However, TikTok’s privacy policy is comparable to other social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. The controversy stems from the fact that TikTok is located in China, where US or EU laws don’t necessarily apply. Chinese law compels businesses to allow their government access to their collected information in the case of investigations by the authorities. TikTok has addressed these concerns, stating they would refuse to provide information to Chinese authorities if asked but the situation still leaves some concerned (BBC, 2020).

However, others say that the most important concern regarding TikTok is the fact that TikTok collects data, a lot of it, and uses the information for profit purposes such as advertising. TikTok isn’t unique in its privacy policy and data collection though, all platforms collect massive amounts of data and use it for various purposes. “The information collected by TikTok is similar to what’s gathered by Facebook, but security researcher Patrick Jackson, the chief technology officer of security app Disconnect, says Facebook does more ill things with it, simply because it’s so much bigger,” says an article by Jefferson Graham (Graham, 2020).

So, whether you’re posting a quick video of a library haul or reviewing a book, remember to be mindful of what information you’re allowing the world access to. It’s becoming more important than ever to be vigilant in keeping your privacy while online. 

For those who may be interested in some further reading, this article I found on the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Blog is interesting! https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/11/07/pinterest-linkedin-election-disinfo/

Sources:

BBC. (2020, July 20). TikTok: We are not ‘under the thumb’ of China. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53469766

Graham, J. (2020, August 6). TikTok and privacy: What’s the problem? Perhaps the video-sharing app gathers too much data. USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2020/08/06/tiktok-any-worse-privacy-and-data-mining-than-facebook/3311726001/

Tidy, J. & Galer, S. (2020, August 5). TikTok: The story of a social media giant. BBC. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53640724

TikTok. (2020, December 20). Privacy Policy. https://www.tiktok.com/legal/privacy-policy?lang=en

Storytime Online: Copyright Infringement?

Reading to the children during Gardening Storytime.“Reading to the children during Gardening Storytime.” by San José Public Library is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

With the emergence of covid-19 and social distancing, many libraries have been forced into virtual programming in order to provide library services as their doors remain closed. For most, this means Storytime has moved online, whether through Facebook Live, Zoom meetings, or YouTube videos. While virtual may prove to be great for reaching the community, it seems there may be some issues with copyright infringement. 

Copyright infringement is the use of intellectual property without permission from the creator/copyright owner. Although fair use does allow use of original work without permission under certain circumstances, online Storytime could go against the guidelines for fair use defense. The guidelines, although vague, state that there are four factors considered when determining fair use. These factors are purpose, nature, amount and effect. 

What purpose is the work used for? In this case, online Storytime serves to provide educational services, which is allowed under fair use. Storytime programs are not used for monetary gain since the library’s do not charge for the service. However, nature, amount and the effect are questionable. The nature of the work is typically that of fictional, the amount is obviously the whole work, and if posted online that work can be watched by viewers multiple times thus having a significant effect on the market value of the book being used. After all, many people won’t want to purchase the book if they can read or view it online for free. According to a guest contributor at ALSC Blog, many publishers have given temporary permissions to use their books during Storytime with some limitations amidst the covid-19 pandemic (2020). 

Other things to consider for Storytime is the use of music which may be copyrighted as well. Sarah Ostman at the ALA Public Programs Office says adding music to Storytime could violate the rights of other copyright holders (2020). Finding music that is licensed for use, is public domain, or obtaining permission is best for avoiding copyright infringement. 

So, as you can see, it can be a bit challenging for librarians to ensure they’re following copyright’s fair use. In order to follow the guidelines for fair use, Libraries should obtain permission for fictional books and limit the timeframe that videos are available for Storytime after posted online for viewing.

ALSC Blog. (2020, May 2) Pausing to talk about copyright and virtual storytimes. https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/2020/05/pausing-to-talk-about-copyright-and-virtual-storytimes/

Ostman, S. (2020, March 24). News: Online story time & coronavirus: It’s fair use folks. Programming Librarian. https://programminglibrarian.org/articles/online-story-time-coronavirus-it’s-fair-use-folks

Steals & Deals 10/2

Oooh boy it’s a good week for ebook sales! Check out the sales below before sales end. I have no idea when these sales will end, so always double check pricing before buying! 

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Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon- $1.99

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame. 

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her. 

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself. 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/30qV8tP

Flames of Chaos by Amelia Hutchins- $0.99

Aria and her sisters return to the Human Realm of Haven Falls to find one of their own that’s gone missing. They soon discover things have changed in the Human Realm and that nothing is what it seems, including Knox, the egotistical, self-centered, frustratingly gorgeous man who declared himself King during their absence.

Sparks fly when the two enter a fiery battle of wills as Aria learns she is more than just a witch in the Hecate bloodline; she is much, much more.

Will Aria embrace her savage side to find her sister and save her family, or will she burn to ashes from his heated kisses and burning hot embrace?

Knox has ulterior motives for being in Haven Falls and never expected the little witch to show up and brazenly challenge his rule.

It was supposed to be easy; get in and get out. Move pieces into place and set the stage for the war he’s been planning for over five hundred years. Aria is his sworn enemy but something within her calls to him and he hates himself for craving the fiery kisses that have reignited his cold, dead heart. One taste, and he thought he could get her out of his system. He was wrong.

Will Knox let go of the memories of the past, driving his need for revenge that will destroy the pretty little witch he craves, or will he push the boundaries to fight for and claim what is his by right? Either way, war is inevitable. And nothing will stop him from reaching for what is his.

Epic Fantasy with heavy love-hate situations with adult situations.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Sf5HeX

Hot as Puck by Lili Valenti- FREE

The NHL’s biggest bad boy is about to fall for the virgin next door…

I am the world’s biggest dating failure. We’re talking my last date went home with our waitress kind of failure.

But I have an ace in the back pocket of my mom jeans–my sexy-as-sin best friend, NHL superstar forward, Justin Cruise.

Justin owes me favors dating back to seventh grade, long before he became a hotshot with a world famous…stick. So in return for my undying platonic loyalty, all I want is an easy-peasy crash course on how to be a sex goddess.

How hard can it be?

***

I have never been so hard in my life.

The things I want to do to my sweet, kindergarten-teaching, mitten-crocheting best friend Libby Collins are ten different kinds of wrong. Maybe twenty.

But I’m a firm believer in teaching by example, and by the end of our first lesson, we’ve graduated to a hands on approach to her education: my hands all over her, her hands all over me, and her hot mouth melting beneath mine as I prove to her there isn’t a damned thing wrong with the way she kisses.

Give me a month, and I’ll transform Libby from wall flower to wall banger, and ensure she’s confident enough to seduce any guy she wants.

Problem is… the only guy I want her seducing is me.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3cOSQd1

The Bastard by Lisa Renee Jones- FREE

I’m the bastard child, son to the mistress, my father’s backup heir to the Kingston empire. He sent me to Harvard. I left and became a Navy SEAL, but I’m back now, and I finished school on my own dime. I’m now the right hand man to Grayson  Bennett, the billionaire who runs the Bennett Empire. I’m now a few months from being a billionaire myself. I don’t need my father’s company or his love. My “brother” can have it. I will never go back there. I will never be the mistake my father made, the way he was the mistake my mother made.

And then she walks in the door, the princess I’d once wanted more than I’d wanted my father’s love. She wants me to come back. She says my father needs to be saved. I don’t want to save my father but I do want her. Deeply. Passionately. More than I want anything else.

But she’s The Princess and I’m The Bastard. We don’t fit. We don’t belong together and yet she says he needs me, that she needs me. We’re like sugar and spice, we don’t mix, but I really crave a taste. Just one. What harm can just one taste do?

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Sf2Xyh

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest- $2.99

Elloren Gardner is the spitting image of her grandmother, who drove back the enemy forces in the last Realm War. But while her perople believe she will follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and become the next Black Witch of prophecy, Elloren is devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at Verpax University. But she soon realizes that the university may be the most treacherous place of all for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, Elloren’s best hope of survival may be among a secret band of rebels…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to fear.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3jfzXlT

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White- $1.99

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot. 

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/33izMR3

Down in New Orleans by Heather Graham- $0.99

Ann and Jon Marcel are a rare case; five years after their divorce, they’re good friends, and Ann has come to love Jon’s hometown of New Orleans. Until the day Jon staggers through her door covered in blood and mumbling, “I didn’t do it.” Jon is charged with murdering a stripper, and in order to save him, Ann will have to dive into the sordid New Orleans underworld, looking for clues in erotic clubs and seamy jazz spots. And, if that weren’t enough, she must deal with the resolute detective bent on bringing her husband to justice—the eagle-eyed lieutenant who dogs her steps and surfaces in her dreams. But despite her wavering affections, Ann has bigger concerns as she becomes embroiled in a fight not only for Jon’s freedom, but also for her life.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2EPOtSv

Dragon Prince by Michelle M Pillow- $0.99

With all that is happening in his land, the upcoming shifter mating ceremony is the least of Grier’s concerns. Even though he is heir prince of the dragon-shifters, he doesn’t have the authority needed to help the humans stranded in dragon territory, nor can he banish those who ruthlessly control them. Yet honor demands he finds an opportunity to intervene, and he hopes that doing so won’t start a war the shifters can’t win. Discovering his destined mate couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Salena knows what it is like to be a pawn of the Federation. They might have kidnapped her and brought her to this strange territory, but she will never do what they want of her… what everyone wants of her. The last thing the fugitive needs is the very public attention of a fierce dragon prince claiming they’re fated by the gods—even if the sexy man makes her burn in more ways than one.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3jkikBB

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu- $2.99

Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart. 

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish–to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age–her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true–but his help may cost her everything.

In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically-told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/30qp899

Midnight Wild by Mari Carr- FREE

What’s better than kissing one of your sinfully sexy bosses when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve? Kissing both of them. In bed.

Midnight Wild is a free short story featuring Darcy’s best friend, Brooklyn. It’s not just those Irish Collins who go wild at midnight!

Midnight Wild was previously published in the Alphas of the Forbidden anthology.

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3im1mSF
Apple Books: https://apple.co/35t3aWm
Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/midnightwild
Nook: https://bit.ly/32hSZln
Kobo: https://bit.ly/2RirPEE
Google Play: https://bit.ly/2ZrrKDa 

Tru Blue by Melissa Foster- FREE

There’s nothing Truman Gritt won’t do to protect his family—Including spending years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. When he’s finally released, the life he knew is turned upside down by his mother’s overdose, and Truman steps in to raise the children she’s left behind. Truman’s hard, he’s secretive, and he’s trying to save a brother who’s even more broken than he is. He’s never needed help in his life, and when beautiful Gemma Wright tries to step in, he’s less than accepting. But Gemma has a way of slithering into people’s lives and eventually she pierces through his ironclad heart. When Truman’s dark past collides with his future, his loyalties will be tested, and he’ll be faced with his toughest decision yet. 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3jo6EOe

All I Want by Jill Shalvis- $1.99

Pilot-for-hire Zoe Stone is happy to call Sunshine, Idaho, her home base. But her quiet life is thrown for a loop when her brother’s friend Parker comes to stay with her for a week. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife special agent is a handsome flirt with a gift for getting under her skin. And the situation only escalates when Parker hires her to fly him around the area while he collects evidence on a suspected smuggler.

Now she has to live and work with the guy. But when they’re in the air, she sees another side of him. He’s driven, focused, and sharp. And while he enjoys giving commentary on her blind dates, she quickly realizes with a shock that it’s Parker who gets her engines going…

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3l2xwn3

Steals & Deals 7/6

Ready for some freebies and wickedly cheap ebook sales? If you’re anything like me, you LOVE a good deal! Here are the free & sale ebooks!

Keep in mind, prices change often. Always double-check prices before purchase! Prices below are the current price at the time of posting and are Amazon US unless otherwise noted. Now go forth and get you some books, Bookaholic!

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