In the proposed deal, the social video sharing app also promises to tighten up its data privacy protocols.
TikTok has reached a deal that will resolve a class action complaint over consumer privacy violations via its app and its predecessor Musical.ly and, if it's approved by the court, the social video sharing app will pay $92 million into a settlement fund.
Amid the pandemic-prompted TikTok boom in the spring, a series of suits were filed by users of the social video sharing app and parents of underage TikTokers. The matters were consolidated before an Illinois federal court and on Dec. 18 an amended complaint was filed. Their allegations included that the app doesn't notify users that its filters and effects use facial scans that capture and store biometric data; that after a user records a video TikTok keeps a copy, even if the user never posts it, and there's no notification that any such transfer occurs; and that the app collects private and personally identifiable information and device data for the purpose of collecting revenue through targeted ads.