The Biometric Information Privacy Act, which was filed inU.S. District Court in Illinois, gives citizens the ability to sue businesses that access their biometric data without their authorization.
Although ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, has denied breaking the law, it has decided to settle the lawsuits to avoid going to trial. TikTok announced the creation of a website, TikTokDataPrivacySettlement.com, where affected, eligible druggies over the age of 18 can lodge a claim by March 1, 2022, via an in-app banner announcement on Monday. Claimants can live anywhere in the United States, nonetheless, Illinois inhabitants may be eligible for up to six times further money. Around 80 million of TikTok’s 1 billion users are based in the United States, making them eligible to admit a portion of the agreement. Again, the agreement is$ 92 million, so if we are doing hot back-of-the-napkin arithmetic, that does not always equate to a large payout ( assuming everyone who’s eligible files a claim, of course). It’s also not a large sum of money for ByteDance, which is estimated to be worth$ 250 billion, according to Bloomberg.
According to NBC News, TikTok has agreed to stop revealing users’ data to third parties like Facebook and Google, as well as stop recording users’ facial features and tracking their whereabouts using GPS, as part of the settlement.
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