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TikTok will start collecting biometric data from US users

2021-06-04 15:15 by


TikTok tweaked its US privacy policy this week to say it could collect "biometric identifiers and biometric information" like "faceprints and voiceprints" from your videos. The video-based social app will ask for permission where required by law, the policy notes.

The biometric data collection details were introduced in the newly added section, "Image and Audio Information," found under the heading of "Information we collect automatically" in the policy. This is the part of TikTok's Privacy Policy that lists the types of data the app gathers from users, which was already fairly extensive.

There are a number of reasons TikTok may be collecting this information. One is, of course, advertising—the updated privacy policy notes that, in addition to face and voice data, it may also collect information for purposes "such as identifying the objects and scenery that appear," which is increasingly common in the marketing world. It may also use the voice data to enable its automatic captions feature. None of this is to say these are the only things TikTok will do with that data - that seems unlikely, at best - but those are some obvious options.

In February, TikTok paid $92 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in Illinois over allegations that it violated the state's biometric data privacy law.

Last year, the Trump administration unsuccessfully attempted to ban TikTok from the US entirely, claiming its ownership by Beijing-based ByteDance posed a national security threat.

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