People are owed money by TikTok. Right now, thanks to a recent class action lawsuit. When you get a notification that you just got paid, your phone may register as unreliable. Is it a good idea to spend this money?

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Nope, that's right. Regular old money is what it is. Some users of TikTok have just been given an amount of money equivalent to a family meal at a fast food restaurant. Maybe you remember reading a story a year ago about money coming at some point. We're at that point now.

What is the TikTok data privacy settlement?

The full text of the settlement can be found here.

ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, was sued for violating children's privacy rights under the Video Privacy Protection Act. If you will, it is illegal to distribute a "faceprint" in Illinois because of the state's unique Biometrics Tracking Act. The owners of and later TikTok failed to get consent from the parents of users under the age of 13, according to the lawsuit.

The Federal Trade Commission won a separate settlement of its own from ByteDance over similar violations in the same year. TikTok was part of a settlement with the FTC.

ByteDance reached a $91 million settlement in February of 2021. It was possible for users of either app from the beginning of the year to the end of the decade. The settlement was approved by John Lee of the Northern District of Illinois. There were still appeals that needed to be resolved.

According to, a website affiliated with the legal team organizing the suit, the final appeal was dismissed on October 12th.

Who gets money from the TikTok data privacy settlement?

It's too late to get your money if this is the first lawsuit you hear. The deadline to submit a claim was in March of 2022.

If you were in Illinois during the time covered by the suit, how much money you're going to get will depend on that. You get $27.84 if you use the app before Sept. 30, 2021. If you used TikTok in Illinois and created a video before Sept. 30, 2021, you'll get $167.

Wait for an email or push notification that says you received a payment if you haven't gotten your money yet. It's yours.