TikTok: $ 1 Compensation for Unauthorized Data Collection?

In the USA, the Bytedance app sends notices to users that they can register for a compensation payment – this could, however, be significantly lower than expected.

TikToker in the US could have noticed a message from the short video platform in the past few days indicating that Register user for a settlement payment can. However, this only applies to users who registered with the platform before October 1st, 2021 – and has a worrying reason. TikTok is in State of Illinois indictedhaving collected and used unauthorized data from users. The information about the users includes, among other things, biometric and location data.

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TikTok denies the allegations. However, the Bytedance app gives clear signals that it does not want to clarify the matter in court, but by means of a settlement. The prosecution side is demanding a settlement amount of US $ 92 million, from which not only the legal fees and other costs are to be paid. The financial compensation to the users whose data was illegally collected and used for advertising purposes should also come from this payment. If you convert this to the number of active TikToks users who used the app before October 1st, 2021, each of them has: n users: in less than one US dollar.

One US dollar for sensitive user data: How are data protection violations dealt with in Europe?

It is unlikely that all users who are entitled to compensation will actually contact TikTok. One US dollar could quickly become several. However, this small amount is not a fair compensation for the fact that the Bytedance app has illegally enriched itself with the help of the sensitive data.

In Europe, the trend app is also facing conflicts with data protectionists. So TikTok already had one Fine of 750,000 euros Pay as the privacy policy was only available in English. The subject of facial recognition is also repeatedly facing headwinds. That is why the Irish resident Data Protection Commission (DPC) already had an eye on the social company. In addition to TikTok, the DPC also controls Google, Meta and Twitter.

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