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“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.
As noted by TechCrunch, which earlier reported on the changes, that language could allow TikTok the ability to collect most US users’ biometric data without explicitly asking them, due to the fact that only a few states have laws restricting companies from collecting such data.Business Insider
Inquires by outlets such as Business Insider and TechCrunch have gone unanswered, and we do not know why TikTok needs the biometric data they will be collecting. TikTok has come under fire in the past over privacy and security concerns, so it will be interesting to see what happens with this new controversy.
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Last Updated on June 4, 2021.