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TikTok Settles Nationwide Privacy Allegation With $92 Million

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TikTok has settled its nationwide lawsuit over privacy violation with $92 million.

The popular video streaming site was accused of collecting ‘highly sensitive’ private data.

The goal, according to the accusation, was to track users and set adverts at them.

However, TikTok refuted all allegations and mentioned that it wasn’t ready to litigate the issue.

TikTok told Verge that it was somewhat interested in building a better experience for its users.

“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.

However, TikTok refused to respond to other comments regarding engaging in any of the allegations or even changing its privacy policy as part of its settlement.

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The number of the lawsuits against TikTok was 21 in total, meaning the settlement was for 21 allegations.

However, despite TikTok’s claim, the lawsuit had substantial claims against the platform.

The claims were that TikTok analysed customer’s faces to find out key information about them like their age, ethnicity, gender, violation of computer fraud and abuse over private data transmission.

However, TikTok has committed itself to keep away from anything that might compromise users’ privacy, except it mentioned it in its privacy policy.

Although this wasn’t TikTok’s first settlement case or its commitment towards users’ privacy.

TikTok settles children’s privacy allegation with $1.1 million

In 2019, the video streaming site settled an allegation over alleged children’s privacy.

The allegations were that the company had collected and exposed minors’ information, violating children’s privacy policy.

Also, the company was allegedly allowing children without their parent’s consent to register on its platform.

At registration, TikTok requested information like their name, mobile number, Gmail address, photo and bio, which resulted in parents’ complaints.

The information was going to be made public for other users to view.

However, Settling the allegation,  TikTok proposed a $1.1 million settlement.

Its spokesman explained that it wasn’t going to engage in any litigation.

It also committed to securing its users’ private data, especially its young users.

Although, TikTok has actually been working towards its commitment.

January this year, it announced it would strengthen the privacy and safety of young users.

Agbaje Naomi is a writer at Techuncode. At first, she wasn't so keen on tech. But over the past month, working with Techuncode has opened her to a whole new level of tech-smart. Naomi believes that writing is where you pour those raging thoughts about a subject. If Naomi is not writing she is probably watching a movie or looking for something productive to do.

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