Complaint Filed Against TikTok in the Northern District of Illinois for Misusing Biometric Data
Jul 01, 2020 | Srivats Shankar
A class-action complaint has been filed in the Northern District of Illinois against the developer of the popular application TikTok for misusing biometric data
The developer of TikTok, the popular video sharing application, has been accused of “surreptitiously [collecting], [using], and [storing]” users’ facial information. The case of Minors v TikTok raises these allegations against the application developer. Under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act §14/5 (c) the State has chosen to protect biometric data as it is unique to an individual and by its very nature once compromised there is little scope for recourse. The threat of identity theft is the basis for this statute. The developers do not specify why the collect and use the data. In the complaint, they have been accused of collecting information of minors. The guardians of the minors have brought a class-action seeking damages and injunctive relief.