TikTok has been charged again,

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The former children's commissioner for England is taking the platform to court for the way the app collects and uses data from children.

Former children's commissioner Anne Longfield says she has filed the lawsuit on behalf of millions of children in the United Kingdom and other European countries.

Longfield says TikTok and parent company ByteDance are unlawfully collecting personal information from children.

This would include location data, phone numbers and videos.

The company would not comply with the law.

Children and parents would also not be sufficiently informed about what happens with the collected data.

Personal information may have been collected and shared with third parties from every child who has used the app since May 2018, according to Longfield.

It would not matter whether the child had an account on the platform and how the data collection preferences were set.

According to TikTok, Longfield's allegations are based on insufficient evidence.

"Privacy and security are top priorities for TikTok. We have policies, processes and technologies to protect all users and teenagers in particular," the company emphasized in a statement.

The lawsuit would have been filed in December, but that was only announced on Wednesday.

If the former children's commissioner is in the right, it means, according to

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that millions of children could get compensation.