TikTok, a massively popular social media app owned and operated by a firm in China, has just given itself permission to collect user biometric data such as “faceprints” and “voiceprints.”

According to TechCrunch, the teen-focused app recently updated its privacy policy, adding a section explaining that it will collect biometric information from its users’ content.

The tech blog sought comment from TikTok, who did not confirm exactly what product developments required the acquisition of biometric data.

The new privacy policy section states that the app will automatically harvest information from user’s videos, “such as identifying the objects and scenery that appear, the existence and location within an image of face and body features and attributes, the nature of the audio, and the text of the words spoken in your User Content.”[…]

Chinese-Owned TikTok Will Now Collect Kids’ “Faceprint” and “Voiceprint” — Elizabeth Johnston