Michael L. Feinstein, P.A.

Despite settlement, TikTok faces class action litigation

Successful companies often have products or services used by millions of people. When a brand has such an extensive reach, it is common for some of those clients, customers or users to find issue with what the company is offering or how it is operating. In some cases, companies could face class action litigation if concern over the issue is significant.

Florida readers may be interested in class action lawsuit recently filed against TikTok. The company has faced allegations of violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, and last year, the company settled those allegations with the Federal Trade Commission for $5.7 million. However, this new class action suit claims that the company did not do enough to make amends to those who were affected by the alleged violations.

The suit claims that the app collected and disclosed personal information of minors and opened them up to attacks by child predators. The suit also indicates that the company did not take proper measures to obtain parental consent before sharing information of minors and did not do enough to put safeguards in place for users under the age of 13. The report indicated that approximately six million users could be part of the class involved in this case.

Being hit with any type of lawsuit can be challenging for a company. Class action litigation can be particularly difficult to handle because of the number of people involved and the potential for negative outcomes. If Florida companies face such lawsuits, owners will certainly want to ensure that they fully understand their legal options for defending against allegations.

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