A class action lawsuit claims TikTok illegally collected data on children. TikTok has a plan of ‘strong defense of action’.
TikTok, the hugely popular video app and its Chinese parent company ByteDance, could face billions of pounds of damages in London’s Supreme Court over accusations they collect. Illegal personal data of millions of European children.
Anne Longfield, a former UK Children’s Commissioner and so-called “litigation friend”, or public face, of an unnamed 12-year-old girl who headed the class action, said Wednesday that Affected children can receive thousands of pounds per person if claims are successfully claimed.
Longfield alleges that every child who has used TikTok as of May 25, 2018, may have been illegally collected personal information by ByteDance through TikTok for the benefit of unknown third parties.
“Parents and children have a right to know that personal information, including their child’s phone number, physical location and videos, is being illegally collected,” she said, when a website detailed the case. being posted online.
A representative of TikTok said privacy and safety are a top priority for the company and that it has strong policies, processes and technologies to help protect all users, especially aged users. juvenile.
“We believe the statements have no value and intend to strongly defend this action,” said the representative.
Former US President Donald Trump ordered the sale of TikTok to a US company last year, citing national security concerns about user data falling into the hands of Chinese authorities. But many legal challenges have created an agreement. The company denied the allegations.
A December 7 ruling said Trump’s executive order was likely beyond his jurisdiction.
TikTok is one of the world’s most popular apps – especially among children, teenagers, and young adults – and has around 100 million users in Europe alone, and a similar number in the US. The COVID-19 pandemic, which left many children incarcerated at home, has helped reinforce its success.
But UK class action suitors, advised by law firm Scott & Scott, allege that TikTok violated UK and European Union data protection laws by processing data. of the youth without adequate confidentiality, transparency, guardianship or legal interest.
The lawsuit required the company to remove all of the children’s personal information – and claimed that the damage could reach “billions of pounds” if successful.
Such US-style “opt-out” data privacy class-action lawsuits that automatically bind a specific group to a lawsuit unless individuals opt out are very rare in the United Kingdom. UK.
The case was postponed while awaiting a UK Supreme Court ruling in a joint lawsuit against internet giant Google for allegedly illegally tracking iPhone users in 2011 and 2012 through. third party cookies.
That case will be tried next week.