This “biometric information” includes face & voice prints of U.S users.
TikTok in a statement said “We may collect information about the images and audio that are a part of your User Content, such as identifying the objects and scenery that appear, the existence and location within an image of face and body features and attributes, the nature of the audio, and the text of the words spoken in your User Content.”
The video sharing platform, TikTok further added “We may collect this information to enable special video effects, for content moderation, for demographic classification, for content and ad recommendations, and for other non-personally-identifying operations” to explain the rationale behind this new update.
And various Privacy advocates, define this new feature to be “creepy.”
TikTok, the video sharing platform was banned in India last year over the allegations of inappropriate data collection of users data & sharing it with other Chinese Departments.
Further, a report by Chinese internet watchdog mentioned that several companies including ByteDance, Baidu, Kuaishou collect users’ data, in an unprofessional way without even letting users know about this.
As a result of which TikTok finally came forward to reveal its “under the hood privacy sections”.