“We may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information as defined under U.S. laws, such as faceprints and voiceprints, from your User Content. Where required by law, we will seek any required permissions from you prior to any such collection”, the Chinese company explained.
In states such as California, New York, Texas and Illinois, there are privacy biometric laws in place. On Thursday, there was an increase on the number of companies that were banned in the U.S. from 48 to 50, and it is still not known how the U.S. President will address the ban on TikTok.
A lawsuit against TikTok claimed that the company took “highly sensitive personal data” and used it to track users as well as use the information for target advertising. The company, in February, agreed to pay $92 million to settle this lawsuit. The company also settled a lawsuit of $1.1 million in 2019 after it was accused of breaching the privacy of children. The company also paid $5.7million to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after its acquisition Musical.ly, which was merged with another app to form TikTok, was accused of failing to gain parental approval for young users.
TikTok is used to make short but creative videos that range from 15 seconds to one minute, and is owned by parent company ByteDance.