Titok has recently released an update. The latest version ha a section that mentions that the company will now be collecting biometric data of its US users.
“We may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information as defined under US laws, such as faceprints and voiceprints, from your User Content. Where required by law, we will seek any required permissions from you prior to any such collection,” the new policy reads.
This new addition into the policy was first noted by TechCrunch. They also mentioned that Tiktok will most probably collect data of most users without even asking as not many states have laws that protect that citizens such things.
TikTok hasn’t offered any explanation on this issue yet. However, the new language is found within a section titled “information we collect automatically,” meaning TikTok could potentially be collecting it already.
TechCrunch also noted that the policy doesn’t define “faceprints” or “voiceprints,” or explain why TikTok needs this data in the first place.
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.
Most cybersecurity experts say that TikTok poses no more security risk to average Americans than any other social media app, though some US government agencies and politicians have banned employees from using the app.
If Tiktok can dare to collect US user’s data its very much possible that the app already collects data of users from other parts of the world.
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