The Canadian coffee shop and specialty store, Tim Hortonsdoes not seem to have much appreciation for the private data of its userssince after a legal presentation made by customers upset about spying on the application, the company only offers free coffee and a baked cake as compensation.
“We are pleased to have reached a proposed settlement, subject to Court approval, in the four class action lawsuits in Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario involving the Tim Hortons app. As part of the proposed settlement agreement, eligible users of the app will receive a free hot beverage and a free baked good,” Tim Hortons told motherboard in an email. “All parties agree that this is a fair settlement and we look forward to the Quebec Superior Court’s decision on the proposal. We are confident that pending approval of the settlement by the Quebec court, the British Columbia and Ontario courts will recognize the settlement.”
Daniel Therrien, Canada’s Privacy Commissioner, in a statement released with the announcement commented on the compensation that, “Tim Hortons clearly crossed the line by amassing a large amount of highly sensitive information about their clients. Following people’s movements every few minutes of every day was clearly an inappropriate form of surveillance. This case once again highlights the harms that can result from poorly designed technologies, as well as the need for strong privacy laws to protect the rights of Canadians.”