When you open any link on the TikTok iOS app, it’s opened inside their in-app browser. While you are interacting with the website, TikTok subscribes to all keyboard inputs (including passwords, credit card information, etc.) and every tap on the screen, like which buttons and links you click.
TikTok is spyware, and should be labelled and treated as such.
Always dubious of apps that use an in-app web browser with no option to switch out. I assume most TikTok users don’t care because we now live in an online world where we’re being constantly spied upon, Apparently 40% of kids these days would rather use TikTok than Google; they know TikTok’s spying on them but they don’t care. Every app is spying on them.
Yeah, it would not surprise me at all if TikTok was a rich source of incriminating evidence for law enforcement. A lot of the negative hype has been about how the company is from China, but how many multinationals don’t cooperate with the local LEOs?
And for the “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” crowd, well,
Everyone has something they need to hide. From the cops, from their boss, from the bigoted old man next door, whatever. And the way things are going here (and worldwide), the number of things most people need to hide will be increasing.