Hortons group proposes settlement in class-action fits over data-tracking app

Tim Hortons says it has reached a proposed settlement in a number of class-action lawsuits alleging the restaurant’s cell app violated buyer privateness which might see the restaurant provide a free espresso and donut to affected customers.

The corporate says the settlement, negotiated with the authorized groups concerned within the lawsuits, nonetheless requires courtroom approval.

The espresso and donut chain says the deal would see eligible app customers obtain a free scorching beverage and baked good.

Tim Hortons says in courtroom paperwork it could additionally completely delete any geolocation info it might have collected between April 1, 2019 and Sept. 30, 2020, and direct third-party service suppliers to do the identical.

The proposed settlement comes after an investigation by federal and provincial privateness watchdogs discovered the cell ordering app violated the legislation by gathering huge quantities of location info from prospects.

In a report launched final month, privateness commissioners mentioned individuals who downloaded the Tim Hortons app had their actions tracked and recorded each jiffy — even when the app was not open on their telephones.

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