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TikTok class-action lawsuit: How to file a claim

You may be entitled to money from the class-action lawsuit. It’s a quick application online

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The TikTok app logo for the social media app.

The TikTok app logo appears in Tokyo. Some users could be eligible to join a class-action lawsuit against TikTok over the collection and use of user data without permission.

Kiichiro Sato, Associated Press

TikTok users all over the U.S. are receiving notifications on the app, informing them they may be eligible for a class settlement payment.

So, if you used TikTok or its sister app Musical.ly before Sept. 30, you can file a claim for yourself or your children who have used the app.

This $92 million class-action lawsuit, filed by the District Court for Northern District Illinois alleges that ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, violated the state and federal law by collecting and using user data without permission.

User information, such as phone numbers, biometric data and locations were saved, according to Newsweek.

Part of the payment will go toward legal fees accrued by the plaintiff. After all the administrative fees, the money will be equally divided among those who are eligible and filed a claim.

Who can apply?

Anyone who resides in the U.S. and has used the app prior to Sept. 30, 2021, is eligible to make a claim. Illinois residents who used the app prior to that date may be entitled to six-times the payment. This is because the lawsuit specifically deals with claims related to that state.

When can I apply?

You must submit a claim application by March 1, 2022, according to the link sent by TikTok. The final approval hearing is May 18, 2022, and payments will not be dispersed before then.

How can I apply?

You can apply through an online form email or mail. All you need is your TikTok username(s), and your preferred payment option.

How big will the payment be?

Don’t get too excited because the settlement money will be shared with all users who file a claim. TikTok reportedly has more than 100 million American users, according to CNBC, which means the payout might be in cents.