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Hey there listeners. It’s Brett Molina, welcome back to Talking Tech. If you or any of your kids have used TikTok or the Musical.ly app, which was what TikTok was before it actually got its name, you could be entitled to money from a class action lawsuit settlement. My colleague Kelly Tyko writes about this in a story that you can read on tech.usatoday.com. According to court documents, a proposed 92 million settlement is pending involving TikTok. The lawsuit alleges the company quote, violated federal and state law by collecting and using end quote, personal data in connection with the use of TikTok. The federal lawsuit claims that TikTok broke a biometric privacy law in Illinois, which allows suits against companies that harvest consumer data without the permission of its users. That includes stuff like facial and fingerprint scanning. Illinois, by the way, is the only state with a law that allows people to seek monetary damages for unauthorized data collection like this.
If you feel like you’re eligible to get money from this settlement, you need to have been using the app by September 30th, and you need to submit a claim by March 1st, 2022 according to court documents that Kelly unearthed in her story. Parents can submit claims for minors. So if they have kids that use TikTok during this time, and they want to request a claim, the parents can do that.
If you live in Illinois and you use TikTok to create videos, you may be entitled to six times the payment, according to court documents. In order to submit a claim, you go to the website, this is all one word by the way, tiktokdataprivacysettlement.com. Listeners, let’s hear from you. Do you have any comments, questions, or show ideas? Do you use TikTok? Do you have fun with it? Do you like it? Let me know your thoughts. Also, any other tech problems you want us to try to address? You can find me on Twitter at BrettMolina23. Please don’t forget to subscribe and rate us or leave a review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, anywhere you get your podcasts. You’ve been listening to Talking Tech. We’ll be back tomorrow with another quick hit from the world of tech.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: You might get money from a TikTok class action suit: Talking Tech podcast