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TikTok to pay $92M to settle lawsuit over data privacy

TikTok collected private and biometric data from users, the lawsuit alleges.

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TikTok has agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging that the app captured biometric and private data from users in the US. Several law firms reached a settlement with the social media app on Thursday, with TikTok agreeing to pay $92 million. 

The lawsuit also alleges that TikTok passed private user data on to third parties. The settlement would require the company to "initiate a new privacy compliance training program," the law firms said in a joint press release. 

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"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," a TikTok spokesperson told CNET in a statement.

The $92 million will be used to compensate TikTok users. The settlement still needs to be approved by a court.