Now TikTok has been reached to provide further clarification on this subject, to really understand the changes coming in the “Image and Audio Information” section. But unfortunately, TikTok hasn’t specified which of its product developments require biometric data to be added to the information it automatically collects from its users. However, it said that if the remembrance practices began, it would ask for consent.
The app is already collecting tons of information from its users, but it will use these new changes to identify content. “Such as the identification of the objects and scenery that appear, the existence and position of facial and body features and attributes within an image, the type of audio and the text of the words spoken in your user content.” However, this is used to enable accessibility features for describing the contents of your feed as well as for ad targeting. It will also collect “Special video effects, for content moderation, for demographic classification, for content and ad recommendations and for other non-personal processes”, but that’s something that other apps are already doing.
However, the part that can worry its users is the one that says: “We can collect biometric identifiers and biometric information as required by US law, such as facial and voice prints, from your user content. If required by law, we will obtain all necessary permits from you prior to such a collection. “
This change doesn’t mention whether it takes into account federal or state laws, nor does it explain why TikTok needs this information. Now app representatives must clarify before they get into trouble with biometric data protection laws in several states. If not, they could launch another class action lawsuit reminding themselves that they currently have a $ 92 million settlement for the social media app’s violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. And don’t forget that TikTok was considered a “national security threat” under Trump’s administration, and we have yet to see what the current administration thinks of this app.