A lawsuit has been filed against TikTok in the UK for collecting personal data from millions of children

TikTok é processado no Reino Unido por coletar dados pessoais de milhões de crianças

(Archives) Chinese company TikTok – AFP / Arquivos

A former Children’s Commissioner in England filed a complaint on Wednesday (21) against video platform TikTok, accusing it of illegally collecting personal data from millions of children in the UK and Europe.

Anne Longfield has sued TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance on behalf of these children, who are under 16 in the European Union and 13 in the UK, expecting total compensation of billions of pounds, according to the statement.

According to her, there are about 3.5 million minors involved in the UK.

Longfield estimates that all children who have used TikTok since May 2018, i.e. since the EU General Data Protection Regulation (RGPD) was introduced, whether they have an account or not, can be affected by this data collection.

This personal information includes phone numbers, videos, photos, contact location, or even biometrics such as facial recognition.

The lawsuit, also filed by the law firm Scott + Scott, alleges that TikTok collects data without sufficient notice, without transparency and without seeking consent, as required by law.

A TikTok spokesperson responded by saying the complaint was “unfounded” and that the company “intends to vigorously defend itself”.

“Privacy and security are among TikTok’s top priorities and we have robust practices and technologies in place to protect all users, especially teens,” he added.

TikTok was already fined $5.7 million in the US in February 2019 for illegally collecting personal data from children under the age of 13, including their names, email addresses and addresses.

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