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TikTok pays $ 92 million to avoid action for improper data collection

TikTok agreed to pay $ 92 million to end a class action lawsuit that accuses him of collecting data without permission. The process states, among other points, that the social network uses its filters to collect biometric data from users. The platform denied the accusations, but agreed with the amount to avoid a long legal dispute.

TikTok on the iPhone (image: André Fogaça / Tecnoblog)

The agreement brings together 21 class actions in a lawsuit and points out that both TikTok and its predecessor Musical.ly violated users’ privacy. The prosecution claims that the social network “infiltrates its users’ devices and extracts a wide range of private data”, which would be used to profile and target ads.

Among the practices of TikTok, would be the use of facial recognition in filters to reach information such as age and ethnicity of users. The platform has also been accused of collecting personally identifiable data and device information without permission and of maintaining copies of videos even if they are not published.

ByteDance, owner of TikTok, accepted the settlement in a federal court in Illinois, United States. “Although we disagree with the claims, instead of going through a long litigation, we would like to focus our efforts on building a safe and joyful experience for the TikTok community,” the company said. Mashable.

TikTok will compensate users in the USA

The agreement has yet to be authorized by the courts, but the amount will be divided between those who used TikTok or Musical.ly before February 25, 2021. There is still no estimate of how many people can claim compensation, but, given the growth of the network social contribution, the amount paid to each one should not be so significant.

Along with the payment, TikTok agreed to make changes to its privacy policy. The company must make it explicit whether its application collects biometric or location information from users. The document must also indicate whether the data is stored or transferred outside the USA.

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