TikTok sues billions of dollars using children's data

   TikTok is facing a legal challenge from former UK child commissioner Anne Longfield over how it collects and uses child data.
   The lawsuit is being filed in court on behalf of millions of children in the UK and the European Union who are already using video sharing apps that are hugely popular around the world.If successful, the affected children could be owed thousands of pounds.
   TikTok says this case is unfounded and against it.


'Wicked'
   Lawyers will allege that TikTok retrieves children's personal information, including phone numbers, videos, exact location and biometric data without having enough warning, transparency or consent. As required by law and children or parents do not know what is being done with that information.
   In response to that, the video-sharing app on TikTok said: “Privacy and safety are its top priorities, and we have strong policies, procedures and technologies to help us. protect all users of this app, especially teen users. has strong intentions to defend action. "
   TikTok has more than 800 million users worldwide, and parent company ByteDance made billions last year, with the majority of its profits coming from advertising revenue.
   This request will be made on behalf of all children who have used TikTok as of May 25, 2018, regardless of whether they have an account or privacy settings. Children who do not want to be represented can choose not to participate.
   Ms. Longfield told the BBC that she is focusing on TikTok because while all social media platforms collect information, TikTok has "excessive" data collection policies.
   "TikTok is an extremely popular social media platform in the world that has helped kids stay in touch with their friends for a very difficult year. But behind the fun songs, challenges and dance trends", I said. lip sync contains something much more sinister. "
   She accused the company of "a fragile social network data collection service" that "tried to successfully deceive 4.0 era parents".
   She added that those parents have a "right to know" what personal information is being collected through TikTok's "shadow data collection".
   The case is being represented by the law firms Scott and Scott. Partner Tom Southwell said he believes the information TikTok collects represents "a serious violation of UK and EU data protection laws".
   "The advertising revenue of TikTok and ByteDance services is built on the user's personal information, including that of all children. Benefit from this information without fulfilling legal and ethical obligations to online , the child protection is not acceptable. "
Confirm age
   This is not without precedent.
   In 2019, the Chinese company was fined a record 5.7 million USD by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for incorrectly handling sub-data.
   The company was fined in Korea for the way children's data was collected, and in the UK the company was investigated by the Office of the Information Commissioner.
   That action revolves around Musical.ly, which is incorporated into TikTok, intentionally hosting content published by users under the age of 13.
   TikTok is ordered to delete data and set up an age verification system.
   According to Ofcom, 44% of children between the ages of 8 and 12 in the UK use TikTok, despite their policy prohibiting children under the age of 13 from using the platform.
Collective action
   A similar legal action against TikTok was taken by an unnamed 12-year-old girl last year, backed by Miss Longfield.
At the time, Ms. Longfield said she was waiting to see the results of another case before proceeding to sue TikTok.
Where mentioned was given by? Director Richard Lloyd represents four million iPhone users, whom he considers illegally tracked by Google.
   Although it was launched in 2017, the case has yet to show signs of improvement and will soon be heard by the Supreme Court.
   Richard Leedham, a partner at the law firm Mishcon de Reya, said: “It is very difficult for similar cases to succeed if the Supreme Court rejects Lloyd's possibility of making a claim.