The former Children’s Commissioner for England, is bringing a legal claim against TikTok

21st April, 2021 8:52 am

Anne Longfield OBE, the former Children’s Commissioner for England, is bringing a legal claim against TikTok for illegally collecting millions of children’s private information in the UK and Europe and sharing it with unknown third parties for profit.

The legal claim is a representative action brought on behalf of children under the age of 16 (under 13 in the UK) and resident in the UK or the EEA since 25 May 2018 who have used the TikTok and/or Musical/ly apps.

The claim alleges that TikTok and ByteDance have violated UK and EU children’s data protection law (GDPR), and deceived parents about how exposed their children’s private information is when they use the app.

According to the claim, when a child uses TikTok, the social media platform collects an enormous amount of private and personal information.

Children’s data collected and processed by TikTok:

  • Date of birth;
  • Email address;
  • Telephone number;
  • Profile pictures and/or videos;
  • Location of the child’s phone or device;
  • Biometric data (facial recognition);
  • Biography description even the profile settings are changed to private;
  • Information provided about the child’s sexual orientation or religious beliefs;
  • Photos, videos and voice recordings uploaded by the child;
  • Adverts and videos which the child watches;
  • Content liked by the child;
  • Surveys, challenges and competitions to which the child participates;
  • Cookies; and
  • Browsing history.

The legal claim argues that TikTok is failing to be transparent about the extent of children’s data it processes and the purposes for which children’s private information is collected.

Source: https://tiktokdataclaim.uk/

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