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The former Children’s Commissioner for England has launched legal proceedings on behalf of 3.5 million children under the age of 13 against TikTok.

Anne Longfield has alleged that the social media platform has illegally collected personal data from millions of children since May 2018 – when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced.

The lawsuit seeks compensation for millions of potentially affected children, which Ms Longfield says could run into billions of pounds.

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The claim argues that TIC Tac, which was founded by the Chinese company ByteDance, willfully violated data protection rules, taking children’s personal information without warning, without transparency or with the necessary consent.

It is also alleged that personal data was collected without the knowledge of parents and children.

This is the latest development in the lawsuit against the video-sharing app after the High Court ruled in December that a 12-year-old girl, backed by Ms Longfield, could dispute with TikTok anonymously.

TikTok policies in the UK do not allow children under 13 to use the app and those who download it are asked to indicate their age when registering.

The numbers suggest that many children under the age of 13 use the platform.

Ms Longfield said she felt the app’s data collection policies, in general, were “overkill for a video-sharing app”, but was more troubled by “the data collection in the world. ‘industrial scale without the children or parents realizing it “.

TikTok’s data collection policy is listed on its website, but Ms Longfield said she felt its practices were ‘hidden’ and …

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This notice was published: 2021-04-21 05:04:00