TikTok Safety Concerns: Is your data at risk?

An example of the message given out to US users of TikTok. I note there is no comparison to the data gathered by the US-based giants…:

[…] Cybersecurity experts said the moment you download the app and agree to the terms of service, you just gave the company the ‘OK’ to harvest your data and track your history.

“There is increased concern not because of all the data that’s being collected by TikTok, but also because of who has access to the data, where it’s being stored and what the implications of that might mean,” Nicholas Davis, UW System Director of Information Security said.

He said when users grant TikTok access to the phone’s camera, microphone and photos, the company has access even when you’re not using the app.

“So you really don’t have any assurance of what’s going on at any given moment in time and recovering from an information security incident is a lot more difficult than preventing one to begin with,” he said.

Davis says there is concern at the national level that the Chinese-government could use data for tracking federal employees or use personal information for blackmail.

“We’re not saying that everything that comes out of China or every application that is produced by a company in China is nefarious,” he said. “But the issue is we have less assurance of what’s being done with the data than we do with an application that was built and resides in the United States.”

He says the U.S. is taking a proactive approach by erring on the side of caution.

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