TikTok claim

TikTok claim

TikTok must compensate users for failure to protect children and for stealing private data.

TikTok’s dangerous challenges have claimed the life of several children.

TikTok has failed to protect children on its platform, potentially exposing them to predators.

Personal data of billions of TikTok users are at risk.

TikTok has been secretly gathering and sending user data to China.*

Their action is illegal, and violates European privacy law and children’s data protection regulations.

The claim purposes:

SOMI calls for better age verification and parental control regulations on TikTok.

Together, we fight to make the online world a safe space for everyone.

*Source: CNET

The expected compensation can be up to €500,00 per user.

Registration started Monday, July 28 2020.

As a collective, we have a very strong negotiating position based on the European legislation and rulings by the Council of State.

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Complaint letter and data request to TikTok

  • January 29 2021 - SOMI filed a complaint with the Dutch Data Protection Authority on the grounds of TikTok's illegal data processing and failure to protect children on its platform, resulting in the tragic death of a 10-year-old girl in Italy and a teenager from Pakistan - just 3 days in a row. Recent reports also show that child rapists are increasingly using TikTok in their search for victims. Click here to view complaint letter

  • 8 September 2020 - we sent a complaint letter, on behalf of our participants, to TikTok Information Technologies UK Limited. We received a substantive response from TikTok which we found to be insufficient. Since then, TikTok has been officially reminded twice to provide our participants with their information but they have failed to comply accordingly. Click here to view data request


Register in this claim to take control of your personal data and fight for your rights. Participants will have access to the private SOMI platform to access all classified information securely.

By participating in this claim you help us represent a bigger portion of the society and therefore demonstrating the importance of this issue better and to easier bring this matter to the attention of the relevant authorities.

Why participate?

SOMI is working to arrange compensation for TikTok users. We call on you to sign up to participate in our action against TikTok.

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Protect your children
TikTok is highly popular among younger audience. They have been collecting children's data without parental consent.

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You are entitled to compensation
Due to the GDPR compliance, you are entitled to compensation if a company or agency violates your privacy.

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TikTok has violated your privacy
TikTok has been harvesting and sharing your personal data with third-parties. This happened without your permission.

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Together we give a signal
We must end this kind of privacy violation. Companies must be transparent in their handling of personal data.

TikTok lighthearted fun comes with a serious cost

TikTok lighthearted fun comes with a serious cost

TikTok was accused repeatedly of neglecting protective child safety measures which are currently being investigated by the European Data Protection Board and data protection authorities in the Netherlands, France, Italy, Denmark, UK, and also government agencies in the US, Australia and India. Its lack of proper age verification measure has made it easy for younger users to falsify their date of birth to bypass parental control, thus, exposing millions of children to pedophiles and exploiters.

TikTok is home to many life-threatening challenges that has claimed the life of many youngsters. TikTok’s algorithm works in a way that spread these dangerous trends like wildfire. Risky videos attract more views, likes and comments, and more often it is shared on the page of others. The problem with these challenges is that being 'viral' and popular seem so attractive to young adults that are more prone to peer pressure.

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How SOMI work?

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Crispian Balmer

Media and Telecoms

22-01-21, 20:45

TikTok fined for illegally processing children's data

Italy tells TikTok to block users after death of young girl (Source: Reuters)


The Italian data privacy watchdog ordered video-sharing app TikTok to block the accounts of any users in Italy whose age it could not verify following the death of a 10-year-old girl who had been using the Chinese-owned app.

The ruling came after a girl died of asphyxiation in Palermo, Sicily, in a case that has shocked Italy. Her parents said she had been participating in a so-called blackout challenge on TikTok, putting a belt around her neck and holding her breath while recording herself on her phone.

Source: Reuters

What does SOMI do?

SOMI is a non-profit organization with the purpose to identify and influence issues of social importance.

SOMI investigates misconducts, informs the public and helps affected individuals. With this goal, SOMI wants to contribute to the online security and digital sovereignty of individuals. Only if companies are completely transparent about the use of personal data and possible negative consequences, individuals can make informed decisions and exercise control over their private information.

SOMI investigates digital services and advocates for privacy rights regarding the use of personal data and the relevant risks.

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What requirements does the GDPR have?

Social networking app such as TikTok must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when they operate in the European Union. The GDPR aims to give people more control over the use of their personal data by companies and institutions. For this purpose, it contains various obligations in the field of:

Adequate provision of information to users
This includes the obligation to inform individuals about the purpose of the data collection and the existence of any transfer of data to third parties. Depending on the intended use of personal data, permission will also have to be requested when appropriate.

Adequate security measures and restrictions on profiling

Not only does the GDPR oblige to take adequate security measures. The GDPR also contains special provisions that explicitly restrict the profiling of individuals. Profiling is lucrative. This method combines information to create an individual user profile. This profile can be used for advertising purposes, or to block certain users, but also, for example, to give users specific offers for the highest possible price.

Compensation for damage caused by breaches

Article 82 GDPR prescribes that anyone who has suffered damage as a result of a breach of this regulation has the right to receive damages from controllers or processors for the damage suffered. The claim for compensation can concern both material damage and non-material damage.

Frequently Asked Questions

We expand our FAQ section daily based on the questions we receive.

1. What is TikTok?

TikTok is a popular video-sharing social networking service used to create short video content. It was first launched in China in 2016, and available worldwide for iOS and Android in 2017. In 2018, TikTok merged with another video sharing platform Musical.ly, resulting in its massive growth in the United States. TikTok was the most downloaded app on the App Store, available in over 150 markets and in 75 languages with over billion users.

2. Who is the founder/owner of TikTok?

As may vary between jurisdictions globally, overall the tech company ByteDance owned and developed the TikTok application. It was founded by Chinese entrepreneur Zhang Yiming in 2012. ByteDance is valued at US$75 billion, making it the most valuable startup in the world.

ByteDance's first app, Neihan Duanzi, was shut down in 2018 by the National Radio and Television Administration of China. The company subsequently issued an apology, which stated that the app was "incommensurate with socialist core values" and that they would further deepen cooperation with the Communist Party.

3. Where does TikTok's success come from?

TikTok mobile app allows users to create short video content and share it with others on the platform. It has proven to attract the younger audience, particularly, Generation Z. TikTok has also started many viral trends and popular challenges on the internet.

TikTok’s algorithm employs Artificial Intelligence (AI) that processes the user’s preference based on their activity on the app: what they liked, interacted with, or searched. TikTok app uses this data to curate hyper-personalized feed which provides the content that keeps the user engaged as long as possible.

4. Why is TikTok not safe?

Privacy concerns have been brought up against TikTok, especially during COVID-19 lockdown time where many people have turned to this video-sharing app for entertainment. Recently, however, it was revealed that TikTok has been spying on millions of iPhone users. It gathered important data from users such as IP address, mobile carrier, unique device identifier, keystroke patterns, location data, and much more.

A recent iOS 14 updates exposed the fact that TikTok has been secretly accessing its user’s clipboard. This is extremely problematic because the app can see anything that iOS users enter/copy on to their devices’ clipboard which is usually important/sensitive information or even passwords. There is no way to tell what TikTok might be doing with this data. It is likely that they shared it with third parties to sell targeted ads without the users’ knowledge or consent.

There’s also a flaw in which hackers have been able to access user accounts. This vulnerability could have let attackers manipulate content and extract personal data. Another flaw was discovered that left personal information from user accounts largely exposed.

5. What does TikTok's relationship with China imply?

TikTok was accused of allowing the Chinese government to collect its users’ data. Its mother company, ByteDance, was believed to be monitored by Beijing due to the past allegations previously mentioned. Allegedly, TikTok app contains surveillance software that illegally harvests large amounts of personally identifiable user data and sends it to servers located in China.

TikTok also actively censors content that mentioned topics undesirable to the Communist Party of China and complies convincingly to its effort to control media and to push its propaganda to the global stages.

6. Can it have unexpected or unpleasant consequences?

The fact that your personal data falls in the hand of a foreign government is not desirable. They can use this data to help their foreign policy agenda to manipulate public opinion and spread false information globally. Examples of this type of behavior include the allegations regarding the Brexit referendum and elections in the United Kingdom, as well as the 2017 United States elections.

Due to these concerns, many government agencies, as well as essential private companies such as Wells Fargo and Amazon have banned, or are considering banning the use of the TikTok app.


7. Who is at risk?

The nature of TikTok app is especially attractive to children and young adults. The company has been under scrutiny for illegally harvested personal information from minors and failing to direct children under 13 to obtain parental consent prior to collecting their personal data, as per the requirement of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). TikTok and its mother company repeatedly have been warned and fined for involving minors in its marketing schemes and putting millions of underage children at risk from sexual predators.

8. What does TikTok say itself?

As early as 2019, the company agreed to erase all related personal information it has collected from minors and to obtain parental permission in the future. They failed to do so. TikTok has continued to use content obtained from minors and to encourage young users to falsify their age, due to its overriding and continued lack of adequate age verification policies and safeguards.

After being caught stealing data from Apple users, TikTok blamed it on faulty software development issues. Meanwhile, they have been forced to fix this issue; the latest iOS will not allow apps to access the user’s clipboard anymore. But there is nothing being done to protect Android users or to inform its users of past infractions.

9. Are the steps forward in terms of transparency and clarity sufficient?

To dismiss concerns, ByteDance recently appointed a new CEO for TikTok, an American executive who is now working out of TikTok’s Los Angeles offices. TikTok has denied sending user data to China and claims that its US data centers are located within the United States. However, experts remain concerned about the Chinese Communist Party’s national and cybersecurity laws, which in short require Chinese companies to continuously and fully cooperate with government intelligence work.

Even after several million-dollar worths of lawsuits regarding its privacy issues, TikTok continues to violate settlement terms and federal compliance directives. The company states that it will welcome outside experts to investigate their transparency. To date, however, there actually has been no follow up to such pledges.

10. Is the government not concerned about this?

Many government bodies around the world are concerned about TikTok as a national security threat. The United States and the Australian government are currently reviewing a nationwide TikTok ban. Meanwhile, the Indian government has already prohibited the use of the TikTok app in their country.

European countries, including The Netherlands and the United Kingdom, as well as South Korea have launched their own investigations over child data use. In June 2020, the European Data Protection Board announced that it would assemble a task force to examine TikTok’s privacy and security practices.

11. Am I eligible for compensation?

In order to act on your behalf regarding claim compensation, or investigate what in fact has happened to your data with TikTok, you are required to be registered with SOMI. As we work on “No-Cure No-Pay” basis, you only have to pay SOMI when our actions bring you money. For our efforts, you may choose to pay us, in the event of success only, either €50,-, or, alternatively, 20% of the compensation of the damage to be awarded to you.

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