TikTok Denies Collecting U.S. Users’ Biometric Data. Its Privacy Policy Suggests Otherwise

TikTok Denies Collecting U.S. Users’ Biometric Data. Its Privacy Policy Suggests Otherwise


TikTok’s privacy policy explicitly allows for the collection of biometric data but the Chief Operating Officer Vanessa Pappas told Congress on Wednesday that the social media company does not use “any sort of facial, voice or audio, or body recognition that would identify an individual.”

Pappas’s answer came during an exchange with Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema who wanted to know if Americans’ biometric data was ever retrieved or sent to people in China.

Sinema’s question is a fair one considering that TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, which is required by law to give communist China access to any data it requests. TikTok claims it would deny any demands for this data but the company’s history of problematic data access by ByteDance employees in the surveillance state of

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