Social media company TikTok targeted with lawsuit in Netherlands over collecting data on kids
TikTok has been targeted with a 1.4 billion euro lawsuit.
The Market Information Research Foundation (SOMI) representing thousands of Dutch parents has targeted TikTok with a lawsuit for 1.4 billion euros (approximately $1.7 billion) for gathering data from millions of kids.
The Epoch Times reported that according to Dutch media, SOMI lodged the lawsuit in an Amsterdam court earlier this month alleging that TikTok breached the European Union's data protection law. The organization said the app is amassing children's data without appropriate permission, that videos on the platform can be harmful to kids and the business fails to ensure the safety and privacy of youth.
SOMI co-founder Cor Wijtvliet told RTL Nieuws: "A court decision can directly restrict the practices of TikTok–and other social media platforms. … We have sent letters of complaints to TikTok and several European supervisory authorities in the past year, but have not seen any substantive results. That is why we have decided not to wait for the investigations by the authorities and to take legal action ourselves."
The Epoch Times also noted that a TikTok spokesperson told RTL Nieuws that the safety and privacy of those who utilize the platform are of "the highest priority."