That change has sparked Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) to ask TikTok for more information on how the app plans to use that data they said they’d begin collecting.
Klobuchar and Thune wrote a letter to TikTok earlier this month, which they made public this week.
In it, they ask the company to define what constitutes a “faceprint” and a “voiceprint” and how exactly that collected data will be used. They also asked whether that data would be shared with third parties and how long the data will be held by TikTok.
Klobuchar and Thune also asked the company to tell them whether it was collecting biometric data on users under 18 years old; whether it will “make any inferences about its users based on faceprints and voiceprints;” and whether the company would use machine learning to determine a user’s age, gender, race, or ethnicity based on the collected faceprints or voiceprints.
Finally, the letter asks TikTok to list all entities, including parent organizations, that have access to data collected by the app.
The letter asks TikTok to respond to the numerous questions by the middle of next week.
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