Sunday, June 13, 2021

Tiktok sues in the Netherlands for $ 1.7 billion for collecting child data

The Amsterdam Market Information Research Foundation (SOMI), which represents 64,000 Dutch parents, has sued Tiktok for 1.4 billion euros (about $ 1.7 billion) for collecting data from millions of children. Meanwhile, Tiktok has updated its privacy policy in the United States regarding the collection of personal data such as face and voice recognition.

According to Dutch media, on June 2, SOMI filed the case in a court in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, against Tiktok for violating the data protection law of the European Union. The organization stated that the Chinese social media app collects data from children without proper permission, adding that more common videos on Tiktok could be harmful to children, and that the company neglects the safety and privacy of children.

Tiktok is known in China as Douyin, and is owned by the Chinese company Bytedance. The video sharing app is very popular among the app all over the world.

In addition, SOMI pointed out that TikTok collects far more data than the information it needs for marketing.

Regarding the decision to file a lawsuit, Cor Wijtvliet, co-founder of SOMI, told the Dutch media RTL Nieuws: ‘A court decision can directly restrict the practices of TikTok – and other social media platforms. … We have been sending letters of complaint to TikTok and several European supervisory authorities over the past year, but we are not seeing any significant results. Therefore, we decided not to wait for the authorities’ investigation and to take legal action ourselves. ”

In response to Dutch media, a Tiktok spokesperson told RTL Nieuws that the privacy and security of users ‘has the highest priority’. According to the company’s policy, TikTok can only be used by children who are at least 13 years old and need the consent of underage parents. However, the policy has not been applied. The company was involved in Italy earlier this year when a ten-year-old girl died during a Tiktok challenge. Tiktok has also been charged with billions of dollars for using millions of children’s data in the United States United Kingdom.

The logo of the Chinese video app TikTok will be seen on August 11, 2020 on the side of the company’s new office space on the C3 campus in Culver City, west of Los Angeles, California. (CHRIS DELMAS / AFP via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, TikTok has updated its privacy policy in the United States. On June 2, the company notified users that the app could collect more biometric information, including ‘face prints and voice prints. When US media The Verge reached out to TikTok for comment, TikTok did not explain what these terms meant and why they needed access to this information.

So far, only a few U.S. states have enacted biometric privacy laws, including Illinois, Washington, California, Texas, Arkansas and New York. If TikTok only needs permission, ‘where required by law’, it could mean that the Chinese company could collect users’ data without notifying it.

Beijing has the National Intelligence Law in 2017, which requires Chinese citizens and companies to gather intelligence for the communist regime.

In May, the US Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs a account to ban Tiktok on government devices, as the Chinese app poses a serious threat to national security.


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