Do you know that TikTok secretly tracks all your activities even if you don’t use their services? If you have TikTok installed on your device, it can track all your activities including what you type, google search, your IP address, location, etc. So, in this article, I will share how you can learn what TikTok knows about you and how to stop TikTok from collecting your data.
TikTok is a social video creation and sharing application. ByteDance bought Musical.ly in 2017, then merged the service’s core functionality and user base into its TikTok app a year later. TikTok had eclipsed Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat in monthly app installs in the United States in 2018. Sixty-three percent of its global monthly active customers are between the ages of 10 and 29.
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According to a new study, TikTok’s in-app browser can track certain types of user activity on external websites viewed through it.
According to Vienna-based software researcher Felix Krause, when TikTok users browse a website through a link in the TikTok app, the program inserts a code into the website that allows TikTok to monitor behavior such as keystrokes and what users type on this site.
This could allow TikTok to collect sensitive user information such as credit card numbers and passwords. However, the company insists that this does not happen. Since this website is viewed in TikTok’s in-app browser rather than a conventional browser, the app may inject the code and modify the sites to enable this monitoring.
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TikTok may track your location, IP address and other data
TikTok may collect information about you even if you are not registered using cookies and other trackers when you visit the site. After creating an account, the social network collects information about your actions and interests based on the videos you watch.
TikTok knows your device, location, IP address, search history, message content, what you see, and duration. It also tracks your interactions with advertisements by collecting device identifiers. TikTok “deduces” your age, gender, and hobbies based on information it knows about you. TikTok may collect biometric details such as face and voiceprints in the United States.
According to Morgan Wright, chief security adviser at security firm SentinelOne, this data is “very lucrative” for TikTok and its marketers. “If someone watches a video to the end and likes it, TikTok can serve them personalized ads based on that.” Other platforms make it harder to capture sentiment with such precision.
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TikTok’s privacy policies are simple
On the one hand, TikTok Privacy policies are unambiguous. TikTok requires your email address, phone number, and date of birth when you sign up.
It also captures the material you generate, even if you never publish or save it, and the accompanying metadata – when, where and who. If you log in with Facebook, information about you will also be shared with the social network.
TikTok claims that whether you copy and paste material to or from the app or share it with a third-party platform, it captures text, photos and videos from your device’s clipboard.
TikTok may also obtain detailed information about your location via GPS and other apps with privacy rights. These privacy permissions can be granted or denied, but disabling them may limit functionality.
How do you know what TikTok knows about you?
Data collection is necessary if you want to use TikTok to its full potential, although there are options to restrict access and opt out of personalized ads. To enable or disable personalized ads, go to Me and choose to access your odds. Then go to Privacy, Security, Personalization and Data and disable the option.
Go to Profile and tap to open your settings to request your data and find out what TikTok knows about you. Go to Privacy, Personalize and Data, then Download TikTok data.
You may need to make your TikTok account private so that only those you authorize can follow you and watch your videos. Other users will not be able to Duet, Stitch or download your TikTok movies if you have a private account. In TikTok’s privacy settings, you can limit the audience of your videos.
When you create an account on TikTok, you can hide your location using a fake email address and a VPN. If you have an iPhone, you can limit TikTok’s ability to track your behavior by enabling Apple’s App Tracking Transparency option.
“TikTok is aggressive in acquiring as much data as possible, so if you’re concerned about your privacy, you might want to reconsider how badly you really need an account.”
Browsers inside apps like Instagram or TikTok can threaten your privacy or security by injecting tracking code into third-party sites you visit.
– Brave Software (@brave) August 19, 2022