CHINESE SPYWARE MASQUERADING AS A SOCIAL MEDIA APP: TikTok new privacy update allows collection of faceprint and voiceprints in the U.S.

As of June 2, the popular video app, TikTok has updated its privacy policy. And for TikTok users in the United States, the social media platform has allowed itself to automatically collect their biometric “identifiers and information” which means faceprints and voiceprints data. However, the company mentioned that it will ask for user’s permission to collect their biometric data.

TikTok will take users’ permission to collect their Face and voiceprints

Listed in ‘Image and Audio Information’ under ‘Information we collect automatically’, the new policy term reads:

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We may collect information about the images and audio that are a part of your User Content, such as identifying the objects and scenery that appear, the existence and location within an image of face and body features and attributes, the nature of the audio, and the text of the words spoken in your User Content. We may collect this information to enable special video effects, for content moderation, for demographic classification, for content and ad recommendations, and for other non-personally-identifying operations.

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.


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