ByteDance has accepted a $92 million class-action settlement in order to sort out data privacy claims from a few U.S. TikTok users, the files from U.S. District Court in Illinois read.
The Chinese short video company has over 100 million U.S. users and has agreed to the settlement after over a year of legal disputes.
TikTok said, “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.” The settlement has yet to be approved by the court.
The lawsuits suggested that the app “infiltrates its users’ devices and extracts a broad array of private data including biometric data and content that defendants use to track and profile TikTok users for the purpose of, among other things, ad targeting and profit.”
The agreement had been reached after an expert had taken a deep look into the app’s source code and substantial mediation efforts.
Also, the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Justice Department in Washington are investigating claims that TikTok had not followed through, in a 2019 agreement that was focused on securing the privacy of children.