On November 15, TikTok users got a notification regarding a class-action lawsuit settlement and it has left many confused. If you are one of them, don’t worry, we have got all the details for you!
With more than 800 million active users every month, TikTok landed itself in hot waters in April 2021 when the platform was sued for billions for using the personal information of its users.
Now, there has been a new development in the case and it might come as good news for some of the users as they might be eligible for a settlement as well.
What was the lawsuit about?
As per BBC, in a lawsuit filed against TikTok lawyers had alleged that the platform had taken children’s personal information such as phone numbers, location, biometric data, and others without sufficient warnings. The lawsuit further claimed that this information was taken without the children or parents being informed.
Along with TikTok, apps such as Muscal.ly, ByteDance, and others were also mentioned. In response to these allegations, TikTok had said: “Privacy and safety are top priorities for TikTok and we have robust policies, processes, and technologies in place to help protect all users and our teenage users in particular. We believe the claims lack merit and intend to vigorously defend the action.”
Where does the class action lawsuit stand now?
As per Top class actions, the court did not rule out a decision yet. However, the parties involved in the lawsuit have decided on a settlement to avoid taking the case to trial.
The website further reports that after the attorney’s fees and other deductions have been made from the settlement, class members who have filed for a claim will receive a share from the fund.
Who is eligible for the settlement?
As per TikTok, Nationwide class and Illionois subclass members can file a claim. The nationwide class includes all people who reside in the US and had used the App prior to September 30, 2021.
Meanwhile, the Illinois subclass consists of people who reside in the State of Illinois and used the App in the state prior to September 30, 2021. People of Illinois might be eligible for higher pay than nationwide due to certain claims made in the lawsuit.
You can file the claim here.