A London complaint has been brought on behalf of millions of children in the UK and Europe, alleging that TikTok violates their privacy. Millions of children in the UK and EU have used the hugely popular video-sharing app, according to the lawsuit.
If the case is successful, the children involved may be owed thousands of pounds each. TikTok said that the case had no substance and that it would contest it.
Tiktok is one of the most popular apps in the world, particularly among teenagers, with over 100 million users in Europe alone. Any child who has used the app since May 2018, regardless of their account status or privacy settings, may have had their private personal details gathered for the benefit of unknown third parties, according to a lawsuit brought by Anne Longfield, England’s former Children’s Commissioner.
According to the plaintiffs, more than 3.5 million children are affected in the United Kingdom alone, resulting in a potentially large bill for the app if it loses.
In the US, Bytedance was fined $5.7 million (43 crores) in 2019 by the Federal Trade Commission to settle allegations that Musically, which ByteDance bought and renamed TikTok, illegally collected information from minors. It was the largest FTC penalty in a children’s privacy case.