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As per TikTok update
“We may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information as defined under U.S. laws, such as faceprints and voiceprints, from your User Content. Where required by law, we will seek any required permissions from you before any such collection,” the ByteDance-owned company said in a newly introduced section called “Image and Audio Information.”
company’s privacy policies are that it may collect audio and text information about user content to “enable special video effects in your User Content, to better classify your User Content, to provide content and advertising recommendations, and for other non-personally-identifying purposes.”
The vague language used by TikTok could allow it to collect sensitive data without the users’ explicit consent. Besides not specifying what biometric information will be collected or offering a satisfactory reason for doing so, the vague wording could be used to have legalized marijuana. The move could mean TikTok in other states doesn’t have to ask permission from its users, as noted by TechCrunch. California, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Washington have laws that restrict companies from collecting biometric data. By agreeing to its terms of service, users consent to their biometric data being collected.
As part of the settlement, TikTok update will pay $92 million to settle claims that it violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by capturing users’ biometrics and personal information for ad targeting without them having given their consent.