Thousands of Dutch parents sue TikTok on behalf of their kids for over $1-billion
Amsterdam, Netherlands - A group of parents is now issuing their own kind of "TikTok challenge."
Thousands of Dutch parents are demanding monetary compensation for their children from the operators of the platform TikTok.
In total, the claims amount to more than $1.7 billion, the Dutch Foundation for Market Information Research (SOMI) said on Wednesday. The organization said it represents more than 64,000 parents.
The reason given was that TikTok collects data from minors in order to show them targeted advertising without asking permission, violating their privacy rights.
TikTok is owned by the Chinese group ByteDance. The platform operator had previously stated that it was taking steps to ensure the safety of young users.
TikTok has a Guardian's Guide and a Safety Center on its website, and points out that privacy controls are available to users so they can "choose the settings that are right for them."
The SOMI is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the fundamental rights of users of online services.
The foundation also has a similar lawsuit against video-chatting platform Zoom.
On its website, the SOMI called on parents worldwide to join in the action against mega-giant TikTok and has begun an investigation.
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