TikTok sued for billions in child privacy suit. Anne Longfield, the former Children’s Commissioner for England and so-called “litigation friend”, or public face, of an anonymous 12-year-old girl leading the class action, that affected children could receive thousands of pounds each if the claim is successful.
‘Parents and children have a right to know that private information, including phone numbers, physical location, and videos of their children are being illegally collected,’ she said, as a website to detail the case goes live.
TikTok is one of the world’s most popular apps especially among youngsters and has around 100 million users in Europe alone. The COVID-19 pandemic, which shut many children up at home, has helped cement its success but the claimants, advised by law firm Scott & Scott, allege TikTok violated UK and European Union data protection laws by processing youngsters’ data without adequate security measures, transparency, the consent of guardians or legitimate interest. The case has been put on hold while it awaits a UK Supreme Court ruling in a bellwether case against Internet giant Google over alleged unlawful tracking of iPhone users in 2011 and 2012 through third-party cookies.