US Senators alarmed by TikTok’s biometric data collection

Two US Senators are raising serious concerns regarding reports of TikTok’s updated privacy policy which allows for the collection of user data, including facial and voice biometrics. The updated policy appears to enable TikTok to automatically collect biometric data, including certain physical and behavioral characteristics from video content posted by its users. The policy states that TikTok “may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information” from its users’ content, such as “faceprints and voiceprints,” but does not provide any additional information on what constitutes a faceprint or voiceprint. In addition, the policy contains few details on how the data is used and with whom it is shared.