The Chinese social media app introduced a new section that states that the app will start collecting “biometric identifiers and biometric information,” including “faceprints and voiceprints.” This means any data from any video uploaded to the platform will be collected by the app.
However, Tiktok stated that it will ask for “required permissions,” aka consent wherever required by law.
The tech media outlet states that the collection of biometric data is most concerning, though.
“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 prior to any such collection,” it reads.
But as TedCrunch put it, the statement is vague and does not specify why Tiktok is collecting the data in the first place. What ‘faceprints’ and ‘voiceprints’ mean are still up for debate, and the social media app is not offering an explanation.