U.S. legal privacy policy allows TikTok to collect biometric data

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U.S. legal privacy policy allows TikTok to collect biometric data

Last week, the US legal privacy policy quietly changed to enable the app to collect tangible information, or measurements of a user's physical features, that make them identifiable, such as face identification.

The update came on June 2 - a week before Trump tweeted an executive order removing the Biden administration's order to run U.S. operations with TikTok and other China-owned apps like WeChat.

The security order also calls for a review of the apps.

We can collect information on the images and audio that will appear in your User Content such as identifying the objects and scenery that you, 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, updated Privacy Policies read, as first reported by tech news service TechCrunch.

The purpose of collecting biometric data on TikTok is to enable demographics based video effects, for content moderation and for demographic classification, for content and ad recommendations and for other non-personally identifying operations, the policy states.

At times, we collect biometric identifiers and biometric information like faceprints and voiceprints from your User Content as defined under US laws, such as Faceprints and Voiceprints. Where required by law, we will ask for any required permissions from you before any collection of such files. The policies continue.

TikTok also collects information from messages sent within the app, metadata, location data, device information and cookies.

The U.S. courts have banned the apps, which cited national security concerns due to 2017 Chinese law that requires Chinese companies to share data with the government upon request.

President Biden revoked and replaced three E.O.s that were intended to prohibit transactions with TikTok, WeChat and eight other web communications and financial technology applications. Two of these E.O.s are subject to litigation, according to the President's weekday executive order.

The Biden Administration issued a new executive order directing the use of a criteria-based decision framework and rigorous, evidence-based analysis to address the risks posed by China-developed or Chinese-controlled applications that could present an undue or unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States and the American people.

The order also directs the Department of Commerce to make recommendations in consultation with other states and agencies to protect against harm from the sale, transfer or access to personally identifiable information and genetic information to include large data repositories to persons possessors or controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction of foreign adversaries.

ByteDance is owned by Chinese tech giant TikTok, though the social media app has repeatedly said it does not share personal information with the Chinese Communist Party.

Neither company immediately responded to inquiries in FOX Business regarding the order.

Surfshark has labeled TikTok as the fourth-most real-time social networking app behind Facebook, Facebook-owned Instagram and Linkedin. It also ranked the app as the 120th most data-hungry app out of 200 total apps globally.

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