TikTok is facing the prospect of legal action from a 12-year-old English girl, who remains anonymous over whether the way it handles children’s data violates European Union and UK privacy laws.
The High Court in London was told that the girl hoped the case would result in TikTok being ordered to delete the Claimant’s data, thereby setting a precedent.
Justice Mark Warby granted anonymity to the Claimant on the grounds that if her identity were revealed she might be cyberbullied by peers or even harassed by social-media influencers “who might feel their status or earnings were under threat,” according to a High Court ruling published late last month.
In February 2019, TikTok agreed to pay a $5.7 million fine to settle allegations from the US Federal Trade Commission it illegally collected the personal data of under-13s. In May 2019, a group of 20 advocacy groups accused TikTok of violating its 2019 settlement with the FTC, saying it still contained data relating to account holders under the age of 13.
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