TikTok Consumer Privacy Class Settlement Includes $92M Payout

By: Ashley Cullins | The Hollywood Reporter


TikTok has reached a deal that will resolve a class-action complaint over consumer privacy violations via its current app and its predecessor, Musical.ly, and, if approved by the court, the video-sharing social platform will pay $92 million into a settlement fund.

Amid the pandemic-prompted TikTok boom in the spring of 2020, a series of suits were filed by users of the service and parents of underage TikTokers. The matters were consolidated before an Illinois federal court, and on Dec. 18 an amended complaint was filed. The plaintiffs’ allegations included that the app doesn’t notify users that its filters and effects use facial scans that capture and store biometric data; that after a user records a video TikTok keeps a copy, even if the user never posts it, and there’s no notification that any such transfer occurs; and that the app collects private and personally identifiable information and device data for the purpose of earning revenue through targeted ads.

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