TikTok updates US privacy policy to collect ‘faceprints and voiceprints’ (but won’t explain what they are)

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TikTok has updated its privacy policy in the US to notify users that the app might, in future, collect new types of biometric information including “faceprints and voiceprints.” But when reached by The Verge, TikTok was unable to explain what types of data these terms referred to, or why the app might need to access this information in the first place.

The company’s privacy policy was updated on June 2nd, as spotted by TechCrunch. (An archived version of the old policy can be read here.) The new policy lays out in some detail the ways in which the TikTok app now has permission to analyze users’ content.

The policy states:

“We may collect information about the images and audio that are a part of your User Content, such as identifying...

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