The Consumers’ Association is taking the wildly popular app TikTok to court. They are demanding two billion euros in damages because they believe that the company has illegally collected privacy data about children for years.
About 1.5 million people in the Netherlands use the app with which they can share short videos of themselves with others. According to the Consumers’ Association, the company has been collecting data such as dates of birth, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for years, as well as sensitive information such as sexual preferences, religious beliefs and even biometric data in order to show targeted advertisements.
Before the summer, the Consumers’ Association, together with the Take Back Your Privacy foundation, already filed a claim with the company. According to the Consumers’ Association, conversations that followed came to nothing, so they now have no choice but to go to court.
The two parties want TikTok to stop illegally collecting personal data and demand a fixed amount per child that varies from 1000 to 1500 euros. In total, that claim amounts to 2 billion euros.
TikTok previously said that the company is doing a lot to guarantee the safety of young users. For example, accounts of users between the ages of 13 and 15 would be set to private by default. Unknowns cannot see their videos automatically. Moderators also bar inappropriate videos and users can report offensive material.
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