TikTok attacked on Dutch children’s privacy

A Netherlands-based nonprofit has taken legal action against social media app TikTok, demanding € 1.4 billion in compensation for allegedly neglecting the privacy and security of more than ‘one million Dutch children.

In a brief sent to TikTok today (June 2), the Foundation for Market Information Research (SOMI) claimed that the app owned by ByteDance intentionally tempted children and collected as much personal data as possible to deliver personalized advertisements.

SOMI claimed there had been a “serious violation of consumer privacy and rights”, with data processed “without a valid basis” and shared with third parties in the United States and China. He also claimed that TikTok failed to adequately inform children and their parents about how their data would be used for targeted advertising or harmful content on the platform.

A court hearing is scheduled for September 15.

The lawsuit comes in addition to the current review of TikTok by the European Commission (EC), which began a formal dialogue with the company late last month following a complaint from a group of consumers regarding alleged violations of EU consumer rights.

In a statement, the EC explained that it would focus on claims of “hidden marketing, aggressive advertising techniques” and certain terms that could be misleading and confusing to users.

The French Data Protection Agency (CNIL) launched an investigation into TikTok’s privacy policies and child safety options in August 2020.

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