X Plans To Collect Users’ Biometric, Education And Job History data


X, formerly known as Twitter, will begin collecting users’ biometric data; according to its new privacy policy. The policy also says the company wants to collect users’ job and education history. The policy page indicates that the change will go into effect on September 29.

“Based on your consent, we may collect and use your biometric information for safety, security, and identification purposes,” the updated policy reads. Although X has not specified what it means by biometric information, it is usually used to describe a person’s physical characteristics; such as the face or fingerprints.

X also has not provided any details about how it plans to collect it. The company added that the biometrics are for premium users and will give them the option to submit their government ID and an image in order to add a verification layer. Biometric data may be extracted from both the ID and image for matching purposes.

“This will additionally help us tie, for those that choose, an account to a real person by processing their government issued ID,” X said in a statement. “This will also help X fight impersonation attempts and make the platform more secure.”

The social network was named in a proposed class action suit last month alleging that X wrongfully captured, stored and used Illinois residents’ biometric data, including facial scans, without consent. The lawsuit alleges that X “has not adequately informed individuals” that it “collects and/or stores their biometric identifiers in every photograph containing a face.”

In addition to the new changes about biometric information, X’s updated policy says it will start storing users’ employment and education history as well. “We may collect and use your personal information (such as your employment history, educational history, employment preferences, skills and abilities, job search activity and engagement, and so on) to recommend potential jobs for you, to share with potential employers when you apply for a job, to enable employers to find potential candidates, and to show you more relevant advertising,” the updated policy reads.

This move appears to be linked to X’s beta feature that allows verified organizations on the platform to post job listings on their profiles. The social media giant has also created an official @XHiring account. The hiring initiative is part of Musk’s plans to turn X into an “everything app.”







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