A 12-year-old girl in the United Kingdom is hoping to take legal action against video-sharing app TikTok, claiming the company uses children’s data unlawfully.
A court has ruled the girl can remain anonymous if the case goes ahead.
The action is being supported by Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England. She believes TikTok has broken UK and EU data protection laws and hopes the case will lead to greater protective measures for under-16s who use TikTok in England and possibly beyond.
She believes the app collects and processes children’s data to power its video-recommendation algorithm, to capture viewers’ attention and generate advertising revenue. TikTok said it had “robust policies” in place to protect children and did not allow under-13s to join.
The commissioner told the High Court in London that she hoped it to would ultimately issue an order forcing the firm to delete the child’s data, setting a precedent.