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Senators Demand TikTok Reveal How It Plans To Collect Voice And Face Data

Senators Demand TikTok Reveal How It Plans To Collect Voice And Face Data

Senators Demand TikTok Reveal How It Plans To Collect Voice And Face Data

By: Bobby Allyn
18 August 2021

TikTok has quietly expanded how much information it will collect from its more than 100 million users in the U.S. to include “faceprints and voiceprints.”

In response, a bipartisan duo of senators are asking TikTok to open up about what exactly that means.

In a newly released letter to Shou Zi Chew, TikTok’s CEO, Sens. Amy Klobuchar D-Minn., and John Thune, R-SD., wrote they were “alarmed” by TikTok’s recent changes to its privacy policies that allow for the automatic collection of user biometric data, including physical and behavioral characteristics.

Klobuchar and Thune, who sent the letter on Aug. 9, are giving TikTok until next week to respond to number of questions. Among them, what constitutes a “faceprint” and a “voiceprint” and whether the data is being shared with third parties.

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