- The app may collect biometric information and identifiers under the policy.
- It can collect faceprints and voiceprints under the new policy.
- The new policy is the step towards the company’s commitment to transparency.
Biometric information includes “faceprints and voiceprints,” the platform explained. Ticktock failed to give any reasonable reason for its policy of playing with the personal data of users. But, the app has affirmed, it will collect the information only with the consent of users.
Inserted the biometric data collection details in the freshly added section, “Image and Audio Information,” placed under the heading “Information we collect automatically” in the policy.
Under this part of TikTok, a list of the data types is available it will automatically collect from the users.
Explanation of the New section
Part one of the new section explains the app may fetch all the information concerning the audio and image in the video created by the user. The data includes identifying the scenery and object, location within body and face, the nature of audio, and the words spoken in the video shown in the video.
While that is terrifying, all the social media platforms do object recognition on the images in the content for accessibility features and target suitable users for the ad. Recognizing the location of the user and picture aid with the AR effects. Further, the audio of the user helps in generating the automatic cations.
Under the policy, TikTok can use the data for video effects, demographic classification, content regulation, and other non-personal operations.
The policies seem fine when compared with the policies of similar platforms except for the biometric system. However, it’s a matter of concern for a lot of users.
We may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information as defined under US 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 ambiguous statement does not provide any clarity. Whether the company is talking about state laws, federal law, or both?
Moreover, unlike the first part of the policy, the reason for collecting the biometric data is not mentioned in the clause. Further, from the clause, it is not clear from whom the company will take consent.
A spokesperson from the company gave a vague reason for the company’s commitment to transparency. He stated
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It seems that the apprehension of Donald Trump, the former USA President, was justified.
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The app paid $92 million to the opposite parties for the settlement.
The updated policy is only for the USA and not for any other country.