Do you care about privacy? Really? I’m not too sure. While anyone would say that they care about their privacy, especially when it comes to their biometric data, it’s easy to see people quickly give that data away to other companies for convenience. It’s like anyone who says that they care deeply about audio quality and then use Apple’s AirPods (or any other earbuds) when listening to music. Convenience trumps a lot of things for people.
“Based on your consent, we may collect and use your biometric information for safety, security, and identification purposes,” the company said in its new policy. X doesn’t define what it considers biometric, though other companies have used the term to describe data gleaned from a person’s face, eyes and fingerprints.
It’s likely that X is updating this policy to support security features like Passkey, which will allow users to log into accounts without the need for a password. Researcher Steve Moser recently wrote that the company plans to add support for the authentication technology, which will eventually (hopefully) allow us to live in a passwordless future. However, with a feature like Passkey, your biometric data is kept on your device, so it’s unclear why X would actually need access to it directly.
It seems obvious that the company, in addition to featuring job posts, is looking to enable users to add this information to their personal profile so it can eventually build features to match potential employees to companies looking for new talent.
While I’m still unsure as to why X itself might need your biometric data rather than keeping it on your devices, I bet that a lot of people would provide it. Convenience trumps a lot, and privacy is one of them for many. Amazon is a study in that. The company is rolling out its handprint scanners across Whole Foods in the United States, and people are just giving that data away for an easier checkout experience.
Sure, the companies will all claim that the information is secure and not shared in any way, but should we really take that chance?