The TikTok software supposedly records “every touch” you make on your phone

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Tracking every keystroke this way has led to concerns that sensitive things like credit card information or passwords could be captured. It all revolves around a piece of code that the firm injects. “When you open any link on the TikTok iOS app, it’s opened inside their in-app browser,” Mr Krause said. “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.” Other apps like Instagram and Facebook have something similar, except they allow you to open with your usual web browser instead, if you like.

The TikTok app can snoop on users by watching everything they type, a security researcher has warned. Fans of TikTok are being cautioned by a security researcher that it looks that the programme can track what you input. According to recent study by software engineer Felix Krause, the tech giant can accomplish this using iOS’s built-in web browser. According to The Sun, whenever you tap a link inside the app, TikTok’s own browser opens.

Highlights

  • TikTok says the code exists but it’s not being used to track users. Picture: Chris Delmas/AFP. A spokesperson for TikTok told The Sun: “The report’s conclusions about TikTok are incorrect and misleading. “The researcher specifically says the JavaScript code does not mean our app is doing anything malicious, and admits they have no way to know what kind of data our in-app browser collects. “Contrary to the report’s claims, we do not collect keystroke or text inputs through this code, which is solely used for debugging, troubleshooting, and performance monitoring.”

  • TikTok, on the other hand, does not. But there’s no evidence to suggest such tech is used for bad purposes. “Just because an app injects JavaScript into external websites, doesn’t mean the app is doing anything malicious,” Mr Krause said. “There is no way for us to know the full details on what kind of data each in-app browser collects, or how or if the data is being transferred or used.”

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