- The disclosure is meant to be an attempt to be more transparent about its privacy policies.
- It can even collect voiceprints from users' content under the new policy.
The Short-video app TikTok has now confirmed that it will be collecting biometric data of its users in the US. TikTok clears that the data will include faceprint and voiceprints of users in a bid to be more transparent about its privacy policies as per the legal obligations in certain US states.
At present, TikTok does not support any features that require such biometric identification. It might, however, use this data to support future innovations in the app, like those related to automatic captions or simply improving its filters.
TikTok's recent disclosure follows the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the firm for privacy violations in February this year. The lawsuit blamed TikTok for collecting "highly sensitive personal data" that enabled tracking of users and in turn helped with its target advertising.
The Chinese social media major agreed to pay $92 million in the settlement. Prior to this, the company faced a $1.1 million class-action lawsuit settlement in 2019 over privacy violations against children. The lawsuit alleged that the company collected and distributed children's data through its app, named Musical.ly at the time, for commercial gains.