Hindustan Times (East UP)

TikTok faces claim for billions in London child privacy suit

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LONDON: TikTok, the wildly popular video app, and its Chinese parent ByteDance could face a damages claim worth billions of pounds (dollars) in London’s high court over allegation­s they illegally harvested the private data of millions of European children.

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, said on Wednesday that affected children could receive thousands of pounds each if the claim is successful.

Longfield alleged that every child that has used TikTok since May 25, 2018, may have had private personal informatio­n illegally collected by ByteDance through TikTok for the benefit of unknown third parties.

“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.

A TikTok representa­tive said privacy and safety were the company’s top priorities and that it had robust policies, processes and technologi­es in place to help protect all users, especially teenage users.

“We believe the claims lack merit and intend to vigorously defend the action,” the representa­tive said.

 ?? AFP ?? Affected children could get thousands of pounds each if the claim is successful.
AFP Affected children could get thousands of pounds each if the claim is successful.

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