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TikTok is taking spying to a whole new level with an update to its privacy policy that allows the company to automatically collect “biometric information” such as faceprints and voiceprints from the content its users post on the platform.

What are they planning to do, create cyborg clones of its users? One ‘Mock’ is enough; we don’t need a backup.

The policy change just went into effect on June 2.

Exemption: TikTok users who reside in the European Economic Area (EEA), the U.K., Switzerland, and other geographies (excluding India) where the service operates are not subject to the change in policy.

Translation: “Sorry, gang. You’re just not interesting enough to have a clone.”

Here’s What The Update Specifically Says: “We may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information as defined under U.S. laws, such as faceprints and voiceprints, from your User Content. Where required by law, we will seek any required permissions from you prior to any such collection. Image and Audio Information.”

The update also allows the company to collect information about “the nature of the audio, and the text of the words spoken in your User Content” so as to “enable special video effects, for content moderation, for demographic classification, for content and ad recommendations, and for other non-personally-identifying operations.”

Well, at least TikTok is honest about spying on you and selling your data – unlike Creepy Zuckerberg and the guy from Twitter sporting the Osama Bin Laden beard.

Honestly, I don’t think we have a lot to worry about. This is the same service that hosted the “Pee Your Pants Challenge” in May 2020. The odds that its users have high-dollar financial accounts at risk are relatively low. Their parents, however…

Mock and Jason Hammer have more in the clip below about TikTok’s new policy.