X To Collect Biometric And Employment Data

In a significant update to its privacy policy, X, formerly known as Twitter, is set to collect biometric data and expand its services. Here’s a closer look at the key changes

X‘s updated privacy policy will introduce the collection of biometric data, including facial photographs, primarily for users of its premium service, X Premium. This move aims to enhance user security and combat impersonation attempts.


Verification Layer with Government ID and Selfie


Users opting for X Premium can voluntarily provide their government ID and a selfie, allowing X to create a robust verification layer.

Biometric data, such as facial scans, will be extracted from these documents for matching purposes, strengthening the link between accounts and real individuals.

The company emphasised that these new measures are designed to bolster platform security. By verifying users’ identities, X intends to reduce impersonation risks and protect user accounts from unauthorised access.


Expanded Data Collection: Employment and Education History


Beyond biometric data, X’s updated privacy policy will also cover the collection of employment and educational history. This data will be used to “recommend potential jobs” and “share with potential employers” when users apply for positions.

Questions have arisen around whether X might be planning to enter the recruitment services industry. This was fuelled by X Corp’s acquisition of a tech recruiting service called Laskie in May, marking the company’s first acquisition since Elon Musk purchased Twitter for $44 billion in the previous year.



X’s Vision: Becoming an “Everything App”


Elon Musk, the driving force behind X’s transformation, has ambitious plans to turn the platform into an “everything app.” This vision includes offering various services within the platform. The introduction of biometric data collection and the expansion of data categories in the privacy policy align with this broader strategy.

Another feature Mr. Musk has teased is the introduction of video and audio calls on X. According to him, this feature will be accessible on iOS, Android, Mac, and PC, eliminating the need for a phone number. While no specific release date has been provided, this development highlights X’s continuous efforts to evolve its offerings.

Musk envisions X as the “effective global address book,” positioning it as a centralised platform for various online services.


Effective Date of the New Privacy Policy


The updated privacy policy is set to take effect on September 29, 2023. It explicitly states X’s intentions to utilise personal information for job recommendations, connecting potential employers with candidates, and displaying relevant advertising.

As X evolves into a comprehensive online ecosystem, users can anticipate further updates to its privacy policy and the introduction of innovative features, aligning with Elon Musk’s vision for the platform.