TikTok child personal data harvesting

April 2021

Anne Longfield, the former UK Children's Commissioner, has served notice that she may file a legal action against TikTok and its owner Bytedance for allegedly violating UK and EU data protection laws by processing youngsters’ data without adequate security measures, transparency, the consent of guardians or legitimate interest.

The lawsuit stretches back to May 25 2018, and includes users of TikTok predecessor Musical.ly. Under 18 year-olds are estimated to comprise aroud half of TikTok's users in the UK, and claims may count in the billions should the action prove successful.