TikTok faces legal action in England

GNN  |  Jan 01, 2021

Popular video sharing app, TikTok is facing a legal action from a 12-year-old girl in England, who has claimed that the company uses children's data unlawfully. According to details, the court has also allowed the girl to remain anonymous if the case goes ahead.

The action of girl is being supported by Anne Longfield, the children's commissioner for England who believes the video sharing app has broken data protection laws of United Kingdom (UK) and (EU).

The children’s commissioner has expressed hope that following the case, concerned authorities will ensure greater protective measures for under-16s who use TikTok in England.

Ms. Longfield told the High Court in London that she hoped the case would ultimately issue an order “forcing the firm to delete the child's data, setting a precedent”.

On the other hand, TikTok said that it had "robust policies" in place to protect children and did not allow under-13s to join.

In 2019, TikTok was fined $5.7m (£4.2m) by the US Federal Trade Commission over handling of children's data. 

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