A class action lawsuit was filed against TikTok in 2020 alleging the video sharing app illegally collected and shared users’ private data without consent. The plaintiffs claim TikTok violated state and federal laws by tracking user data including biometrics and sharing it with third parties.
Details of the TikTok Privacy Violations Lawsuit
The lawsuit asserts that TikTok captured extensive amounts of user data including facial geometry scans, voiceprints and location information without properly disclosing the extent of data collection. It also alleges user data was shared with third party entities like advertisers without authorization.
The plaintiffs argue these actions infringed on user privacy rights and point to penalties faced by other tech companies like Facebook and Google for similar violations. The aim is to hold TikTok accountable for its opaque data practices.
TikTok Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
In early 2022, TikTok agreed to settle the class action for $92 million pending court approval. As part of the proposed settlement, TikTok denies any wrongdoing but has agreed to be more transparent about its privacy policies going forward.
TikTok users who filed valid claims could get a proportionate share of the settlement amount if approved. Payouts may range from $5 to $20 depending on the final number of claimants.
TikTok Lawsuit Claim Form
To receive a payout, eligible class members need to submit a claim form online or by mail before the deadline. Users need to provide details like their TikTok username, email or phone number linked to their account, and confirmation that they used TikTok before September 30, 2021.
Easy access to claim forms and instructions can be found on the settlement website once the court finalizes the settlement approval. Claim filing typically remains open for 60-90 days post settlement.
TikTok Lawsuit Payout
The final settlement amount of $92 million will be distributed after deducting court-approved fees and litigation expenses. Individual payouts to class members depend on how many submit valid claims, but are estimated to be in the range of $5 to $20 per person.
An online claim can be filed quickly, making it a painless process even if the payout is small, as we’ve seen in other privacy lawsuits like the Old Spice Lawsuit. Receiving some compensation is better than nothing for consumers whose data rights were violated according to plaintiffs.
Q: What data did TikTok illegally collect?
A: According to the lawsuit – facial scans, voiceprints, location data, metadata etc.
Q: Who is eligible for payout in the settlement?
A: U.S. TikTok users who had an account before Sept 30, 2021.
Q: How do I file a claim for TikTok settlement?
A: Submit a claim form online or by mail with your account details.
Q: When will TikTok settlement checks be sent?
A: Likely within 90 days after final court approval expected in mid-2022.
Q: How much money can I get in the settlement?
A: Likely $5-$20 depending on number of valid claims filed.