The popular video-sharing app TikTok has settled a massive $ 92 million class action lawsuit over its data collection practices. The company closed the settlement months ago, but TikTok users in the US should start seeing a banner in the app notifying you of a potential payout.
We initially heard about this lawsuit in June, when it became apparent that the company had collected biometric data, such as facial and voice prints, from its users. Before the company changed its privacy policies to show it was doing so, a combination of 21 different lawsuits were filed, causing TikTok to break the law.
The law, in this situation, concerns the transparency or otherwise of the company as regards its data collection.
In Illinois, where the lawsuits have been filed, people can sue a company for using their biometrics without consent. Court documents say that TikTok was doing just that.
“By using this private and biometric information … TikTok maintains a competitive advantage over other social media applications and benefits … while failing to meet minimum requirements for processing user biometric data,” the document said.
TikTok says it didn’t do anything against the law but still decided to settle out of court for some reason.
âWhile we disagree with the claims, rather than going through lengthy litigation, we would like to focus our efforts on creating a safe and joyful experience for the TikTok community,â one reads in one. company statement after moving in in February. Of course, TikTok. It doesn’t matter what you say.
Either way, a settlement has been found and TikTok users in the US may be eligible for a piece of the pie. If you used the app before September 30 of this year, you may be eligible for a share. Visit this link to find out how to get your payment.
You might not expect a huge change. There is more than 100 million TikTok users in the United States and only $ 92 million is up for grabs here. It’s less than a dollar per person if all of those users file a successful claim and Illinois residents are eligible for larger settlements.