Canadian coffee, donut and fast food chain Tim Hortons was recently accused of using its mobile app to collect “massive amounts of sensitive location data” in violation of Canadian privacy laws, resulting in a class-action lawsuit — which the company offered to settle by giving those affected a free coffee and baked goods worth less than $9.
The lip References that Tim Hortons, the popular Canadian fast food chain, was recently accused of collecting “massive amounts of sensitive location data» in violation of Canadian privacy laws. This resulted in multiple class action lawsuits, in which the company claims to have reached a proposed settlement.
To apologize for tracking users, recording their movements “every few minutes” and collecting user data without permission, the company is offering affected users a free hot drink and pastries worth less than $9 CAD.
Customers were emailed details of the proposed settlement on Friday. “You are receiving this email in connection with a proposed settlement, subject to Court approval, of a national class-action lawsuit involving the Tim Hortons app and the collection of geolocation data between April 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020,” the message e-mail reads. “Under the proposed settlement agreement, eligible app users will receive a free hot drink and a free baker.”
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Along with the free coffee and snack, Tim Hortons also promised to permanently delete all geolocation related to team members. However, the restaurant chain said Global News that the settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing and that the allegations have not been proven in a court of law.
Canada’s privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien commented on the company’s user tracking, saying: “Tim Hortons clearly crossed the line by collecting a huge amount of highly sensitive information about its customers. Tracking people’s movements every few minutes every day was clearly an inappropriate form of surveillance.”
a Tim Hortons spokesperson said Vice:
We are pleased to reach a proposed settlement, subject to Court approval, in the four class actions in Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario involving the Tim Hortons application. As part of the proposed settlement agreement, eligible app users will receive a free hot drink and a free baked good.
All parties agree that this is a fair settlement and we await the Quebec Superior Court’s decision on the proposal. We are confident that pending Quebec court approval of the settlement, British Columbia and Ontario courts will recognize the settlement.
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