Though it was not confirmed that what product developments necessitated collecting the biometrics information to its list of disclosures about the information that the app might automatically collect from its users. TikTok did not reply to Insider’s questions on whether or not it had already started gathering users’ biometric data. However, the new language is located inside a section titled “the information we collect automatically,” which means TikTok should probably be gathering it already. The company was unable to provide any additional information.
Earlier on Thursday, US President Joe Biden expanded a Donald Trump-era ban on Chinese surveillance corporations with claimed military ties, bringing the total number of Chinese enterprises subject to restrictions to 59. TikTok agreed to pay $92 million in February to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging that the app violated the state’s biometric information privacy legislation. The lawsuit claimed that the platform collected “incredibly touchy private information” to track customers and positioned them to target advertising.