According to the latest news, ByteDance, the parent company behind the popular short video social media platform TikTok has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit at the cost of $92 million. This is reported by Reuters. Note that the lawsuit is related to the data privacy claims from some users in the United States.

ByteDance confirmed this development through a statement. The company stated, “While we disagree with the assertions, rather than go through lengthy litigation, we’d like to focus our efforts on building a safe and joyful experience for the TikTok community.”

Note that still, the settlement will require court approval. It combines 21 proposed class-action lawsuits against TikTok over alleged privacy violations. From allegations that the company analyzed users’ faces to determine ethnicity, gender, and age to alleged violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act over its transmission of private data, the lawsuit makes some substantial claims.

 

As per the report, apart from $92 million settlement, ByteDance has also agreed to avoid several behaviors that could compromise user privacy unless it specifically discloses those behaviors in its privacy policy such as storing biometric information, collecting GPS, clipboard data, and sending or storing US users’ data outside the country.

Back in 2019, TikTok had settled a lawsuit over alleged children’s privacy allegations by paying $5.7 million to the Federal Trade Commission. Back then, TikTok was accused that its predecessor Musical.ly didn’t gain parental approval for young users.

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