Tiktok granted overnight privileges over your data


ByteDance, the Chinese owner of the TikTok network, updated its privacy policies for using the social networking platform overnight, giving users increased privileges over user data.

So, if you accept (or you have already accepted the new terms of use), the owner of TikTok automatically obtains your facial fingerprint and voice stamp, to be used further for your identification. For example, your data could reach the administrator of the video camera network in a big city, your simple presence in that city being immediately documented based on the facial fingerprint already collected through TikTok. Similarly, the voice picked up by a microphone connected to an information system under the control of an authority with access to that data could more or less successfully “fix” your real identity, complete with the location where you were heard.

Under the new TikTok Terms of Use, “We may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information, as defined in US law, such as facial and voice fingerprints, from your user content. Where required by law, we will ask for the necessary permits before such a collection ”. Of course, if such data is processed outside the US, the applicable rules will be subject to the law of that country.

Last year, the Trump administration tried unsuccessfully to ban TikTok from the United States altogether, claiming that its Beijing-based ByteDance property posed a threat to national security. Meanwhile, measures to ban TikTok have been tempered under the Biden administration. As for the position of the EU and other nations of the world, the reactions observed so far are moderate in the happiest case, the TikTok network operating practically without restrictions, including in Romania.


Source: Go4IT by www.go4it.ro.

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