TikTok is facing a legal suit from former children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield over collecting and using children’s data. According to the international news agency, the claim is being filed on behalf of millions of children in the UK and EU who have used TikTok. If successful, the children affected could each be owed thousands of pounds.
The video-sharing app will be alleged by lawyers that it takes children’s personal data including phone numbers, videos, location, without transparency or warning. TikTok will be alleged that takes information without children or parents knowing how the data will be used. On the other hand, TikTok has responded to the allegation, saying, “Privacy and safety are top priorities for TikTok and we have robust policies, processes, and technologies in place to help protect all users and our teenage users in particular. We believe the claims lack merit and intend to vigorously defend the action.” The claim is being launched on behalf of all children who have used TikTok since 25 May 2018, regardless of whether they have an account or their privacy settings. As per reports, the Chinese application TikTok was banned for the second time in the country due to objectionable content.