TikTok filed a $ 92 million fine for settling a series of privacy lawsuits in the US
TikTok has agreed to spend $ 92 million to settle a series of class-action lawsuits in the US alleging the short video-sharing app infringes on the privacy of young users.
A legal petition has been filed with the Federal Court in Illinois asking the judge to pass the agreement, which requires TikTok to be more transparent in data collection and staff training to better Respect user privacy.
The case includes 21 class-action lawsuits against TikTok and China-based parent company ByteDance.
Under the agreement, TikTok will use the money to settle with the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, an estimated 89 million TikTok users in the US, of which most are eligible to receive 96 cents per person if all all file claims.
According to the lawyers, TikTok hacked into users’ devices and collected a variety of personal data, including biometric data and information that the app uses to track and pool. TikTok’s user profile serves purposes such as advertising, increasing profits. TikTok was also accused of sending or storing data collected in China.
However, TikTok has denied any data abuse, and said that it can only be used to recognize faces and store that data on users’ devices.
TikTok currently has more than 100 million users in the US. Washington is concerned that TikTok’s access to the personal information of users in the US will pose threats to national security, although the Chinese company has always denied the allegations.
Faced with this concern, the US administration under former President Donald Trump asked ByteDance to resell TikTok’s operations in the US market. However, the US administration under President Joe Biden is currently suspending this plan.