TechCrunch reported that the update could enable the social media giant to collect the biometric data of most of the users in the United States without explicitly getting their consent as only a few states have biometric privacy laws, such as Illinois, New York, Washington, California and Texas.
In February this year, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance paid $92 million in order to settle a class-action lawsuit which alleged that the app violated Illinois’ biometric privacy laws.
TechCrunch also reported that TikTok doesn’t clearly define ‘faceprint’ and ‘voiceprint’, and doesn’t explain why it may collect them.
Last year, Former US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to ban transactions with ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, saying that TikTok posed a threat to national security. However, the app managed to remain available in the country.
This week, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to ban US investment in Chinese companies which have connections with the Chinese military. However, the order doesn’t include ByteDance.