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TikTok owner ByteDance to pay $92M in U.S. privacy settlement

TikTok owner ByteDance to pay $92M in U.S. privacy settlement
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SAN FRANCISCO -- TikTok s Chinese parent company ByteDance has agreed to pay $92 million in a settlement to U.S. users who are part of a class-action lawsuit alleging that the video-sharing app failed to get their consent to collect data in violation of a strict Illinois privacy law.

The federal lawsuit alleged that TikTok broke the Illinois biometric privacy law, which allows suits against companies that harvest consumer data without consent, including via facial and fingerprint scanning. Illinois is the only state with a law that allows people to seek monetary damages for such unauthorized data collection.

"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," TikTok said in an emailed statement.
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