It's official, TikTok is using your face and voice data
The social media platform just announced a big privacy update.
The policy continues: “We may collect information about the images and audio that are a part of your User Content… to enable special video effects, for content moderation, for demographic classification, for content and ad recommendations, and for other non-personally-identifying operations.”
It also adds that it will ask your permission to collect this data “where required by law”. However, as only a few U.S. states have biometric privacy laws - currently California, Illinois, New York, Texas and Washington - this could mean TikTok doesn't have to ask permission to collect this data from anyone in other states.
Biometric data is used for everything from verifying identity to surveillance and your device probably already stores it. For example, if you open your phone with Face ID or buy things using your fingerprint, you’re already sharing that data anyway.
But exactly why an app like TikTok would need similar data on you remains a little unclear, as it already collects a lot of data to do the things it mentions, such as recommending us content or enabling video effects.
According to TechCrunch, when reached for comment a TikTok spokesperson was unable to explain in more detail the company’s plans for collecting biometric data, or define what exactly it means by “faceprints” or “voiceprints”.