Apple Privacy Update Shows TikTok Is Harvesting Sensitive Data From Millions Of Users

Posted by on July 4, 2020 in Media & Arts, Social Media with 0 Comments

John Vibes | Activist Post

The social media platform TikTok has quickly become one of the most popular apps in the world over the past two years, but now security experts are warning that it could be a dangerous security risk. Apple’s new iOS 14 update came with a privacy transparency feature which informed users that the app was secretly reading the contents of their clipboards, something that the company promised it would stop doing last year. In light of these revelations, TikTok has once again promised to remove that function from its app, but privacy experts are skeptical.

According to Ars Technica, this security flaw allows the app to access the most sensitive data on your devices including passwords and cryptocurrency wallets.

The new Apple update also identified a large number of other applications that were doing the same thing, but TikTok is under additional scrutiny because of its apparent ties to the Chinese government.

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance claims that TikTok is not available in China and that its data is stored outside of China, but its privacy policy has reserved the right to share any information with Chinese authorities.



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