TikTok's updated privacy policy may let it collect your biometric data

TikTok has updated its U.S. privacy policy to make clear that it might collect your biometric information, but none of this really changes anything. Even if it did, you weren’t going to stop using the app anyway.

In February this year, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance settled a lawsuit which alleged it violated Illinois’ biometric privacy laws. In addition to paying a $92 million settlement, ByteDance agreed that it would not use TikTok to collect users’ biometric information “unless disclosed expressly in the TikTok Privacy Policy and in compliance with all applicable laws.”

Now TikTok has updated its policy accordingly. On Wednesday the video sharing app added a new paragraph in the section of its privacy policy concerning automatically collected information. Under the new subheading “Images and Audio Information,” TikTok now makes it clear that it may collect users’ images and audio to enable filters and video effects, allow it to moderate content, and “for other non-personally-identifying operations.”  Read more…

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