Twitter may collect your personal data and job history - You might have to provide government ID and a selfie image for verification purposes


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Twitter (also known as X) has been a heavy topic of discussion. That’s mainly because of Elon Musk’s antics and his proposed features. That said, the app could introduce a controversial feature soon.

In case you didn’t know, the company may collect your biometric and employment information. If this is true, you will be exposing more information about yourself online. This information came as part of the new update for the company’s privacy policy. The update also added two sections related to the new data collection practice. The policy states:

“Based on your consent, we may collect and use your biometric information for safety, security, and identification purposes,”

Moreover, you might notice a new section called “job applications”. Under this label, X says it may collect users’ employment and educational history. But it does not end there, it could collect “employment preferences, skills and abilities, job search activity and engagement, and so on”. It could also suggest potential job openings to you, share that information with prospective third-party employers or further target users with advertising.

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On top of that, you also have the option to provide a government ID and a selfie image for verification purposes. However, this privilege is limited to X Premium users. According to the company’s statement via CNN, the company may extract biometric data from both the government ID and the selfie image for matching purposes. As per X:

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

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