“Based on your consent, we may collect and use your biometric information for safety, security and identification purposes,” the updated policy reads. Although X did not specify what biometric information means, it is generally used to describe a person’s physical characteristics, such as their face or fingerprints. X also did not provide details on how it plans to collect them.
The company told Bloomberg that the biometrics are for premium users and will give them the option to submit their government ID and an image to add a layer of verification. Biometric data can be extracted from both the identity and the image for matching purposes, reports Bloomberg.
“It will further help us to associate, for those who wish, an account with a real person by processing their government-issued ID,” X said in a statement to Bloomberg. “It will also help X fight against impersonation attempts and make the platform more secure.”
It is possible that X wants users’ biometrics to allow passwordless logins. According to app developer Steve Moser, the social network is working to add support for passwords. Passkeys are password replacements that can confirm your identity based on encrypted biometric authentication methods already available on your device.
The social network was cited in a proposed class action lawsuit last month, alleging that X improperly captured, stored and used biometric data of Illinois residents, including facial scans, without consent. The lawsuit alleges that X “failed to adequately inform individuals” that it “collects and/or stores their biometric identifiers on each photograph containing a face.”
In addition to the new changes to biometric information, X’s updated policy says it will also start storing users’ employment and educational backgrounds.
“We may collect and use your personal information (such as your work history, educational history, job preferences, skills and abilities, job search activity and commitment, etc.) to to recommend potential jobs to you, to share them with potential employers when you apply for a job, to allow employers to find potential candidates, and to show you more relevant advertisements,” the updated policy reads.
This movement seems to be related to Beta feature of X which allows organizations verified on the platform to post job offers on their profiles. The social media giant has also created an official website @XHiring account. The recruiting initiative is part of Musk’s plans to turn X into an “app for everything.”
X did not respond to TechCrunch’s request for comment.