X didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. But the company told Bloomberg the biometric data can be collected for users of X Premium, previously known as Twitter Blue, which offers subscribers a verified checkmark in exchange for paying $8 per month.
To verify a subscriber’s identity, X Premium users can choose to submit a government-issued ID. The company then plans on extracting the facial data from the government ID and matching it to a submitted selfie from the user to confirm their identity. The process will require the user consenting to storing their information for up to 30 days with X and sharing it with an Israeli company called AU10TIX, which will be charged with the ID verification.
“This will additionally help us tie, for those that choose, an account to a real person by processing their government issued ID,” X told Bloomberg. “This will also help X fight impersonation attempts and make the platform more secure.”
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