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Richard Leedham discusses class actions in light of a new legal challenge against TikTok

Posted on 21 April 2021

Partner Richard Leedham recently spoke to BBC News about a new legal claim against TikTok over how it collects and uses children's data.

Former children's commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has this week indicated she is bringing a claim against TikTok. She supported an initial legal action against TikTok last year, which was brought by an anonymous 12 year old girl. Ms Longfield had said she was waiting to see how another case, Lloyd v Google LLC, was decided before moving ahead with her claim.

In Lloyd v Google LLC, former Which? director Richard Lloyd lodged a claim on behalf of four million iPhone users he alleges were illegally tracked by Google. However, despite being launched in 2017, the case is still yet to be heard by the Supreme Court.

According to Richard, there could be difficulties for similar cases if the Supreme Court overturns the Court of Appeal decision and does not allow the representative action to go forward.

"This would be a blow for all those claimants who really only have this route available to them under current rules in the UK, for collective redress."

Read the full article here.

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