TikTok was accused of misusing “highly sensitive data”. After a class action lawsuit was filed in the US, the company has now agreed to a settlement, even though TikTok continues to deny the allegations.
Settlement of $92 million
In filing the class action lawsuit, TikTok was accused of violating several federal laws and consumer protection laws. Specifically, the company failed to comply with cybersecurity and user privacy laws in the state of California. Chinese parent company Bytedance allegedly used its video platform to collect biometric data from users using facial recognition software. Using this software, estimates of age, ethnicity, and gender were provided and stored. In addition, the company allegedly collected additional “highly sensitive data” and even sold it to third parties.
First breaches already in 2019
This is not the first violation of the video platform against applicable law. Already in 2019, the company was accused of violating privacy laws. TikTok had violated youth protection regulations with its app. As a result, 5.7 million US dollars were due. Not only the U.S. is keeping a close eye on the video platform, but European countries are also closely monitoring the activities of parent company Bytedance. Quite apart from that, the issue of banning the app in the USA is not yet over.