According to X, the collection of biometric data is targeted towards premium users who will have the option to submit their government ID and image for verification purposes. Bloomberg reports that X may extract biometric data from both the ID and image to match identities. The company claims that this additional layer of verification will help fight impersonation attempts and improve platform security.
There is speculation that X intends to use users’ biometric data to enable passwordless sign-ins. Developer Steve Moser suggests that the social network is working on implementing passkeys, which utilize biometric authentication methods already available on users’ devices to confirm their identities.
Potential Privacy Concerns
This policy update follows a proposed class-action lawsuit against X, alleging that the company wrongfully collected and used Illinois residents’ biometric data, including facial scans, without proper consent. The lawsuit claims that X did not adequately inform individuals that it collects and stores biometric identifiers from every photograph containing a face.
In addition to the biometric data collection, X’s updated policy reveals that the platform will now also store users’ employment and education history. The collected personal information may be used to recommend potential jobs, share with prospective employers, enable employers to find suitable candidates, and display more relevant advertisements.
This move seems connected to X’s beta feature, which allows verified organizations to post job listings on their profiles. As part of Musk’s plan to turn X into an “everything app,” the company has even created an official @XHiring account for job-related updates.
Despite these changes, X has not responded to TechCrunch’s request for comment on the matter.