TikTok just gave itself permission to collect biometric data on US users

beSpacific 2021-06-13

Tech Crunch: “A change to TikTok’s U.S. privacy policy on Wednesday [June 7, 2021] introduced a new section that says the social video app “may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information” from its users’ content. This includes things like “faceprints and voiceprints,” the policy explained. Reached for comment, TikTok could not confirm what product developments necessitated the addition of biometric data to its list of disclosures about the information it automatically collects from users, but said it would ask for consent in the case such data collection practices began. 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…”