TechCrunch then explained that after being reached for comment on the forms of data that may be collected, “TikTok could not confirm what product developments necessitated the addition of biometric data to its list of disclosures about the information it automatically collects from users, but said it would ask for consent in the case such data collection practices began.”
Other forms of “technical information” recorded by the Chinese social media platform include “keystroke patterns or rhythms,” and “location information based on your SIM card and/or IP address.” The company is also vague regarding where such data is stored, saying that it may be recorded “outside of the country where you live,” and that TikTok maintains “major servers around the world to bring you our services globally and continuously.”
As TechCrunch noted, issues such as consent and methods of storage become notably important because “only a handful of U.S. states have biometric privacy laws, including Illinois, Washington, California, Texas and New York.”
“If TikTok only requested consent, ‘where required by law,’ it could mean users in other states would not have to be informed about the data collection,” added TechCrunch.
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