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TikTok To Pay $92 Million To Settle Class-Action Suit Over 'Theft' Of Personal Data

Added 02-25-21 07:07:01pm EST - “The proposed settlement applies to 89 million TikTok users in the U.S. whose personal data was allegedly tracked and sold to advertisers in violation of state and federal law.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “TikTok To Pay $92 Million To Settle Class-Action Suit Over 'Theft' Of Personal Data ”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

TikTok on Wednesday agreed to pay $92 million to settle claims stemming from a class-action lawsuit alleging the app illegally tracked and shared the personal data of users without their consent. Kiichiro Sato/AP hide caption

TikTok on Wednesday agreed to pay $92 million to settle claims stemming from a class-action lawsuit alleging the app illegally tracked and shared the personal data of users without their consent.

TikTok has agreed to pay $92 million to settle dozens of lawsuits alleging that the popular video-sharing app harvested personal data from users, including information using facial recognition technology, without consent and shared the data with third-parties, some of which were based in China.

The proposed settlement, which lawyers in the case have called among the largest privacy-related payouts in history, applies to 89 million TikTok users in the U.S. whose personal data was allegedly tracked and sold to advertisers in violation of state and federal law.

"First, it provides compensation for TikTok users, but equally as important, it ensures TikTok will respect its users' privacy going forward," Katrina Carroll, one of the lawyers for TikTok users, said. "Social media seems so innocuous, but troubling data collection, storage, and disclosure can happen behind the scenes."

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