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ByteDance agreed to pay $92M in US privacy Settlement for TikTok data collection

March 1, 2021

ByteDance, the company behind TikTok, agreed to pay $92 million in a settlement to U.S. users. The settlement has yet to be approved by a federal judge. The Chinese firm was accused to have failed to get the users’ consent to collect data in compliance with the Illinois biometric privacy law.

Illinois is the only state that establishes penalties for any violation of data collection rules, it allows class actions against those companies that violate the law. Illinois, Texas, and Washington, are the only US state with specific laws that discipline the use of biometric data, but only the former doesn’t permit individual lawsuits.

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