Consumer protection organizations in the Netherlands have asked TikTok in compensation in the amount of 1.5 billion euros for the illegal collection of personal data from children.
The non-profit organization Consumentenbond and the Take Back Your Privacy fund have demanded compensation for 1.2-1.6 million Dutch children who use the TikTok application, writes The Associated Press.
“TikTok’s behaviour is pure exploitation. The company makes hundreds of millions a year from children. And this while privacy law prescribes that children should receive additional protection, ”said Sandra Molenaar, director of Consumentenbond.
In addition to paying compensation to the children, the consumer protection organization and the Take Back Your Privacy fund has demanded that TikTok remove what they said was the illegally collected personal data. In case of non-payment, human rights activists threatened to sue the company.
According to the TikTok press office, the company “is committed to working with external experts and organizations to ensure that it is doing everything it can to ensure the safety of people on the TikTok platform.”
The press service also added that “privacy and security are top priorities for TikTok, and the company has robust policies, processes and technologies to help protect all users, including teens.”
In February of this year, TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance agreed to pay US users $ 92 million to settle a class-action lawsuit. According to the plaintiffs, the application did not obtain consent from them to collect data, which violated the law of the state of Illinois.
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