TikTok faces double Dutch claim for payout of €3bn

tiktokTikTok might still be dazzling UK marketers but the Dutch are proving a harder nut to crack, with not one but two consumer bodies now chasing down the social media site for damages totalling nearly €3bn (£2.6bn).

Dutch consumers’ association Consumentenbond and the Take Back Your Privacy Foundation have become the latest to join the fray, filing a €1.5bn (£1.3bn) damage claim against TikTok’s parent company ByteDance.

They want TikTok to pay all Dutch children who use or have used the platform compensation of around €1,000 each (£857), RTL reports.

Earlier this month, Dutch group Stichting Onderzoek Marktinformatie (SOMI), a non-profit privacy rights organisation, submitted a €1.4bn (£1.2bn) claim on behalf of 64,000 parents across Europe.

SOMI has previously filed a complaint with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, alleging 18 separate violations of GDPR by TikTok.

According to Consumentenbond, TikTok illegally collected personal data from between 1.2 million and 1.6 million Dutch children for years and sold it for targeted ads. Part of the $37bn dollars in profit the company made last year is therefore due to the profile information, videos and photos these children unsuspectingly shared on TikTok.

Consumentenbond director Sandra Molenaar said: “TikTok’s behavior is pure exploitation. The company earns hundreds of millions a year on the backs of children.”

In addition to compensation, Consumentenbond also wants the data of Dutch children to be deleted. If TikTok refuses to pay, the organisations will take the matter to court.

The claim has been submitted through the Collective Settlement Mass Damage Act. The law makes it possible to submit a compensation claim to TikTok even parents have not yet made a complaint.

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