Tik Tok collects biometric data
Techcrunch quotes from the new regulations that Tik Tok can now “collect biometric identifiers and biometric information.” This includes facial and voice prints – or as the video platform calls it: Faceprints and Voiceprints.
Before the big collection begins, however, Tik Tok wants to ask its users for their consent – if this is legally necessary.
More than 20 plaintiffs took action against the platform because Tik Tok allegedly collected and shared their biometric data without permission. Tik Tok then allegedly used this data for a filter, among other things.
The dispute has since been settled, but is costing the social network dearly. Following a settlement, the social network must pay out a payment of 92 million US dollars.
It can therefore be assumed that Tik Tok now wants to protect itself from further lawsuits with this adjustment. However, the platform still leaves open what exactly is to happen with the collected biometric data.
Adjustment has no impact on the EU
For users in the EU, on the other hand, the changes to the US data protection directive will have no impact. This is also not planned, Spiegel quotes a spokeswoman.