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TikTok reaches $92 million settlement over nationwide privacy lawsuit

2021-02-25 19:06 by


TikTok parent company Bytedance has agreed to a proposed $92 million settlement with respect to a class action lawsuit waged by U.S. users who claim that the company illegally harvested underage users' data, including scans of their faces to fuel its recommendation algorithm.

The settlement combines 21 proposed class action lawsuits against TikTok over an assortment of alleged privacy violations. The lawsuit makes some substantial claims, from allegations that TikTok analyzed users' faces to determine their ethnicity, gender, and age to supposed violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act over its transmission of private data. Nearly all US users would be included in the settlement.

A TikTok spokesperson said while the company disagrees with the assertions in the lawsuit, the company decided settling the case was in its best interest.

"Rather than go through lengthy litigation, we'd like to focus our efforts on building a safe and joyful experience for the TikTok community," the spokesperson said.

As part of the settlement, TikTok has agreed to avoid several behaviors that could compromise user privacy unless it specifically discloses those behaviors in its privacy policy. Those behaviors include storing biometric information, collecting GPS or clipboard data, and sending or storing US users' data outside the country.

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