The policy change, first detected by the specialized media TechCrunch, took effect on June 2. TikTok users residing in the European Economic Area (EEA), the United Kingdom, Switzerland and other geographies (except India) where the service operates are exempted of the changes.
But the change worries because it could expand gradually.
“We may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information as defined in US law, such as facial and voice prints, of your user content. When required by law, we will request the necessary permissions from you prior to such collection, “explained ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok.
You can also “listen and read”
The new ways to collect information from TikTok. Reuters photo
Aside from not clearly defining the exact nature of biometric data collection or offering a compelling reason why this data collection is necessary in the first place, the loosely worded language could allow TikTok to accumulate such sensitive data without the explicit consent of the users.
Since only a handful of states in the US (California, Illinois, New York, Texas, and Washington) have laws restricting companies from collecting such data, the move could mean that TikTok you don’t have to ask your users for permission in other states, as noted by TechCrunch.
In other words, users consent to the collection of their biometric data simply by agreeing to its terms of service.
To target ads without meeting the requirements of informed consent of state law.
The company is also experiencing controversy in Europe: this Friday, the European Commission clarified how content subject to intellectual property rights should be eliminated that users post on platforms such as YouTube or TikTok, when Monday comes into force the copyright directive that Spain has not yet transposed.