Tim Hortons gives free coffee and donut to users after being accused of collecting sensitive data

On Monday, the Canadian fast food chain, Tim Hortons is accused of collecting sensitive location data by using its mobile app in violation of Canadian privacy laws, says it’s reached a proposed settlement in the resulting class action lawsuits, Vice reports.

To make up for tracking users, recording their movements “every few minutes”, despite the app being closed, the chain is proposing to give affected users with a free hot beverage and a free baked good worth a little under $9 CAD plus tax.

Customers started receiving emails about the proposed settlement on Friday, and screenshots were posted to Twitter by James Mcleod.

In the email, it was written that the customers are receiving this email in relation to 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.

“As part of the proposed settlement agreement, eligible app users will receive a free hot beverage and a free baked good,” it further read.

While offering drinks and snacks, The fast food chain has also committed to permanently deleting all geolocation about group members.

However, Tim Hortons told Global News that the proposed settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing, and that the allegations have not been proven in a court of law.