TikTok settlement shows Illinois loves digital privacy
A federal judge recently approved a $92 million settlement for TikTok users over data privacy, with Illinois users expected to receive the biggest portion of the return.
- Distribution details haven't been announced, but affected Illinois residents are expected to receive five more shares of the settlement than other U.S. residents will.
- The push for BIPA was led by the Illinois ACLU in early 2008 — just months after the first iPhone was introduced.
Context: Passed in October 2008, it prohibits sites from collecting biometric data and sharing it with third-party companies without consent.
- Biometric data includes facial recognition, fingerprints and voice prints.
The big picture: Four unnamed Illinois teenagers brought the TikTok suit in 2020, and the company agreed to settle earlier this year. But it's not the only one.
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