Tiktok has been downloaded more than 2 billion times. But is the Chinese-owned video app mining your data?
Tiktok appears to be grabbing personal information, although no more than Facebook, according to The Washington Post.
“For now, it comes down to whether you inherently distrust data mining from Chinese-owned companies more than data mining from U.S.-owned ones,” The Washington Post reported. “Just remember: companies in China probably make your phone, laptop and TV, too.”
What information are you sharing with TikTok? The type of data TikTok gathers includes the full contents of private messages you can also send through its app, your country location, Internet address and the type of device you’re using, according to the Washington Post.
The app, with your permission, will also reportedly grab your exact location, age, phone contacts and other social network connections.
The information is used to target ads and also paints a picture of “who you are, who your friends and family are, what you like, what you find funny and what you say to your friends,” the Washington Post reported.
Privacy concerns about TikTok have been posed by such notables as professional gamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. In a July 9 tweet, Blevins said he deleted the app from all his devices.
On July 10, Amazon asked its employees via email to delete TikTok from their cell phones, the New York Times reported. Although the company later said the message was sent in error, the incident contributed to the growing suspicion about the app.