Change the privacy rules di TikTok. With the acceptance of the new policy, the application will be able to keep gathering some important ones biometric data, through the voice and face recording of users. And, among TikTok users, many are teenagers and preteens. The information is just some of the information included in the list available in the documentation, including the geolocation via SIM card, IP address and GPS.
Reached from the information website TechCrunch, TikTok did not disclose which features under development that may need these elements but, he pointed out, that users will be notified when the actual collection is introduced. Voice and face, however, are not the only registered peculiarities; as can be seen from the policy, too objects e surrounding environments, location and bodily connotations may end in of the company, like what already happens with other social networks including Instagram, for example for the creation of captions for those with visual disabilities. To reassure, at least in part, users should be the confirmation that what is recorded will not be used for operations that will allow theidentification, but solely for content moderation, demographic classification, recommendations and the like.
TikTok, what do the laws say?
The revelation comes, in any case, after an agreement from 92 million dollars following a class action undertaken in May 2020, caused by the violation of the Biometric Information Privacy Act of the state of Illinois, code dedicated to the treatment and management of these elements. For the occasion, there were more than 20 complaints against the Chinese company for having collected and shared the biometric information of users without their consent, all starting from the use of facial filters present on the application.
TikTok, the choice as a double-edged sword?
It could therefore prove to be a boomerang for the social network dedicated to short videos, especially in light of the fuss that enveloped the company during theTrump administration, when the government tried to block the operation of the app throughout the US area.
Then, the decisive intervention that made it possible to bring the situation back into the ranks was the decision of keep the data of American users on the territory of the stars and stripes, as well as in the data centers of Singapore. In this way, the possibility of conveying even a single byte to China, the land of origin of the owner of TikTok, was eliminated in one fell swoop. ByteDance, and the risk of Americans saying goodbye to one of the most popular apps for young people.