X, formerly known as Twitter, may collect your biometric data
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The social media platform that was formerly known as Twitter has said that it may collect and store biometric and employment information about users – expanding the scope of information that account-holders are exposing to the site.

The disclosures were made as part of an update to the company’s privacy policy, which added two sections related to the new data collection practices.

Upon your consent, we may collect and use your biometric information for safety, security, and identification.

The company said it may also collect users’ employment and educational histories under a new section called “job applications.”

In addition, the company said that it would collect “employment preferences, skills and abilities, job search activity and engagement, and so on” in order to offer potential job openings to users, to share this information with prospective third-party employers, or to advertise to users in the future.

For X Premium users, the company will offer the option to provide a government ID and a selfie image for verification. In a statement, the company said it could extract biometric data from both the government ID and the selfie image for matching purposes.

Additionally, this allows us to link an account to a real person by processing their government-issued ID, according to the company. As a result, X will also be able to fight impersonation attempts and make the platform more secure.”

X’s changes mirror what many of his peers already do. It represents an expansion of Twitter’s interest in tracking different types of information. Elon Musk wants to turn the platform into an “all-in-one app” that includes financial services and other features similar to the popular Chinese app WeChat.

In addition, some regulatory initiatives around the world are requiring social media companies to verify their users’ ages. A number of age-assurance services require users to upload copies of government-issued identification or selfies that are then analyzed by artificial intelligence.