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Why did Tik Tok privately update its privacy policy?

Tik Tok new secret update can access your information
This social networking app can now access your data

Popular social app Tik Tok has quietly updated its privacy policy to collect user’s biometric data without them knowing, allowing them to record fingerprints and voice notes from the content of the user’s.

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.”

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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.

A settlement stipulates that TikTok is not to collect or store biometric data, biometric identifiers, geolocation, or GPS information unless it expressly states so in its privacy policy. The lawsuit settlement could explain the changes.

In response to a recent national class-action lawsuit against the company, TikTok agreed to pay $92 million to claimants for various privacy violations. These changes may have been prompted by the class action lawsuit. The company said in February that, under terms of the settlement, it would avoid several practices that could compromise user privacy unless those practices were explicitly described in its privacy policy. When asked if these changes were a response to the class-action lawsuit, TikTok update declined to comment.

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