TikTok Sued Over Data Collection of Minors | Avast

TikTok Sued Over Data Collection of Minors | Avast
Avast Security News Team, 23 April 2021

Plus, Facebook introduced new audio features and spies attack on LinkedIn



Former children’s commissioner of England Anne Longfield is suing TikTok on behalf of millions of children in the UK over data collection that Longfield maintains is without sufficient warning and transparency. According to BBC News, the claim covers all children who have used the popular video-sharing app since May 2018. Children wishing not to be represented can opt out, but if Longfield is successful, each child affected could be owed thousands of pounds. The collected data in question includes phone numbers, videos, exact location, and biometric information of each child. TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, issued a statement saying, “We believe the claims lack merit and intend to vigorously defend the action.”
Avast Security Evangelist Luis Corrons commented that while data protection should be a priority for digital platforms, part of the responsibility also falls on the user. “It is important to protect kids,” he said. “Even more so where they share content online. That being said, we all know how ‘useful’ warnings are – just look at everyone’s reactions to those warnings about cookies upon visiting a website. We parents are our kids’ best protectors and guardians, and it is on us to teach them, and give them the right advice about online safety.”
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