(NEWSnet/AP) — The Federal Trade Commission has referred a complaint against TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance, to the Department of Justice.

The agency believes the company may have violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a federal law which requires kid-oriented apps and websites to get parental consent before collecting personal information of children under 13.

The agency also cited potential violations of the FTC Act, the law that outlines its enforcement responsibilities.

A person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press in March that the agency was looking into whether TikTok violated a prohibition against “unfair and deceptive” business practices by denying that individuals in China had access to U.S. user data.

A TikTok spokesperson said the company has been working with the FTC for more than a year to address its concerns.

Representatives for the app contend that many of the allegations relate to past events and practices that are "factually inaccurate or have been addressed.” 

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