People owe TikTok a lot of money. Thanks to a recent class action lawsuit, this is currently the case, not at some hazy moment in the future. However, given that everyone’s phone is constantly bombarded with spam and scammers, receiving a notice claiming you recently received payment may strike you as suspicious. If you try to spend this so-called “money,” would something awful happen?
Did anyone else get a PayPal payment from a Tiktok Data privacy settlement? I vaguely remember submitting something but didn’t expect the random $27
— Allison✨ THE ALBUM (@allison_sorrell) October 27, 2022
Nope. It is genuine and just normal old money. Some TikTok users are realizing all of a sudden that they have just received money that is equal to a family lunch at a fast food restaurant. Perhaps you have hazy memories of this happening since you saw news articles about money arriving sometime a year ago. Well, that time has come.
What Is The Tiktok Data Privacy Settlement?
The settlement’s whole text can be read here, however, the general outline is as follows:
In 2019, a class action complaint was filed against ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, alleging that ByteDance had violated children’s privacy rights under the federal Video Privacy Protection Act by disclosing which videos had been viewed by which specific person.
Furthermore, it charged violations of Illinois’ special biometric tracking law, which makes it unlawful to distribute a “faceprint.” The lawsuit claimed that from 2014 to 2019, the operators of Musical.ly and later TikTok neglected to obtain permission from the parents of users under the age of 13.
The 2019 lawsuit followed the Federal Trade Commission’s earlier that same year successful $5.7 million settlement with ByteDance for similar offenses. TikTok removed content posted by children under 13 as a result of their settlement with the FTC.
ByteDance insisted it was innocent when it entered into a $91 million settlement in February 2021. Users of either app between 2014 and September 30, 2021, were therefore entitled to an impending payout…pending one or two additional legal moves. The settlement was then granted by Judge John Lee of the Northern District of Illinois in August of 2022. Ah, but there were niggling appeals that needed to be addressed.
Then, according to TikTokDataPrivacySettlement.com, a website connected to the legal team behind the lawsuit, the final appeal was dismissed on Oct. 12, at which point ByteDance must have started writing checks, because two weeks later, on Wednesday, people began noticing a $27.84 increase in their bank accounts, the “settlement administrator” began dispersing money.
Who Gets Money From The Tiktok Data Privacy Settlement?
First off, if this is the first you’ve heard about the lawsuit, it’s too late to get your money back. The time to make a claim was March 21, 2022, according to TikTokDataPrivacySettlement.com.
The amount of compensation you will receive after filing a claim will depend on whether you were present in Illinois at the time the lawsuit was filed. You receive $27.84 if you fall under the “nationwide class,” which is defined as living in the US and using the app before September 30, 2021. You get $167.04 if you were a resident of Illinois before September 30, 2021, utilized TikTok and made videos.
— Michael Filskov (@MichaelFilskov) October 27, 2022
Therefore, if you haven’t received your money yet, keep an eye on the PayPal or Venmo account you used to submit your claim, or watch for an email or push message stating that you have been paid. For most people, $27.84 and $167.04 are hardly astronomically large sums of money, but hey: Enjoy a modest night out on ByteDance’s pay. You deserve it.
TikTok must pay a $92 million national and Illinois subclass settlement. TikTok “violated federal and state law by collecting and exploiting plaintiffs’ data without notice and authorization,” according to tiktokdataprivacysettlement.com.
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