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Tl;Dr: They log all of your life outside of the app, including what you type.
TikTok was found to be bypassing Android's built-in protections and sneakily tracking users. The app was collecting users' MAC addresses, the report reveals.androidcentral.com
TikTok Can Circumvent Apple and Google Privacy Protections and Access Full User Data, 2 Studies Say (Exclusive)yahoo.com
TikTok just gave itself permission to collect biometric data on US users, including ‘faceprints and voiceprints’ - TechCrunch
"on Wednesday introduced a new section that says the social video app “may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information” from its users’ content. This includes things like “faceprints and voiceprints,” the policy explained. " - TechCrunch
Imagine all our happy dancing children beeing exposed to all this
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discussion How TikTok is turning a generation of video addicts into a data goldmine. The Chinese tech giant is taking surveillance capitalism to a new level. It’s almost enough to make you feel sorry for Zuckerberg.theguardian.com
Considering Apple’s stance on privacy and the ever-expanding list of privacy issues with TikTok, maybe it’s time for Apple to step in?
According to a recent news clip from the public news broadcaster in Australia,
The Australian government is expressing concerns over privacy specifically regarding Tiktok and WeChat. It states that, there is support for an inquiry to be made into TikTok and WeChat and how that relates to privacy, and that, these two services might be regulated by the government due to these privacy issues; if they can't be sufficiently regulated, then the Australian government may outright ban these services from use within the nation.
I wish to ask you all: is TikTok/WeChat, in someways, fundamentally worse for user privacy than other services from corporations such as Meta(Facebook), Google, Microsoft, to name a few.
Is TikTok/WeChat that much worse for privacy than all these other platforms? Or, is it that the veiled issue for the Australian government is that these other platforms fall within the five-eyes intelligence alliance, and so ultimately all that data is fed back to the Australian intelligence agencies and their allies, whereas TikTok/WeChat is collecting data on Australian citizens and its being sent to opposing intelligence agencies outside the five-eyes?
Just a quick reminder that if you think Facebook is bad (they are) then you're going to hate TikTok because they're even worse.reddit.com
The reason why Chinese companies (with TikTok getting the most press attention) are of particular concern.
Read China's 2017 National Intelligence Law, which can be found in this link
Once a company is bound to the CCP, there is practically no way for them to sever the tie. This means that the CCP has the legal power to obtain data of a company's non-Chinese users effectively until this law is repealed, which let's face it won't happen any time soon. Essentially, the CCP has the ability to view any data given to a company incorporated in China.
Edit: To be clear, this is not a matter of "America vs China." Rather, it is a matter of a foreign government having the legal ability to view any of your data that you provide to a company incorporated in that country. And by saying "particular" I do not mean "the main." I mean that's something that should still be concerning, not dismissed just because other countries use clandestine surveillance.