Do you know TikTok is secretly tracking your all activities even if you’re not using their services? If you have installed TikTok on your device, it can track your all activities including, what you’re typing, searching on Google, your IP address, location, etc. So, in this article, I will share how you can learn what TikTok knows about you and how to prevent TikTok from collecting your data.
TikTok is a video-creation and sharing social app. ByteDance bought Musical.ly in 2017, then merged the service’s basic features and user base into its TikTok app a year later. TikTok had eclipsed Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat in monthly app installations in the United States by 2018. Sixty-three percent of its global monthly active clients are aged 10 to 29.
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According to a new study, TikTok’s in-app browser may track some types of user activity on external websites viewed through it.
According to Felix Krause, a Vienna-based software researcher, when TikTok users browse a website via a link in the TikTok app, the program inserts code into the website that allows TikTok to monitor behavior such as keystrokes and what users tap on that site.
This might allow TikTok to collect sensitive user information such as credit card numbers and passwords. However, the business insists that this does not happen. Since this website is viewed in TikTok’s in-app browser rather than a conventional browser, the app can inject the code and change the sites to allow this monitoring.
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TikTok can track your location, IP address, and other data
TikTok can collect information about you even if you aren’t signed up by using cookies and other trackers when you visit the site. After you sign up for an account, the social network gathers information about your actions and interests based on the videos you view.
TikTok is aware of your device, location, IP address, search history, message content, what you see, and how long. It also tracks your interactions with ads by collecting device IDs. TikTok “infers” your age, gender, and hobbies depending on the information it knows about you. TikTok can gather 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 finish and likes it, TikTok can bring them personalized adverts based on that.” Other platforms make it more difficult to capture sentiment with such precision.”
TikTok’s privacy policies are straightforward
On the one hand, TikTok’s privacy policies are unambiguous. TikTok requires your email address, phone number, and date of birth when you join up.
It also captures the material you generate, even if you never publish or save it, and the accompanying metadata – the when, where, and who. If you sign 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 video from your device’s clipboard.
TikTok may also obtain extensive information about your whereabouts via GPS and other applications with privacy rights. These privacy permissions can be granted or denied, but disabling them may restrict functionality.
How to learn what TikTok knows about you?
Data collecting is required if you want to use TikTok to its full potential, although options allow you to restrict access and disable personalized adverts. To enable or disable Personalised advertisements, go to Me and choose to access your chances. Then go to Privacy, Security, Personalization, and Data and disable the option.
Go to Profile and press to open your settings to request your data and learn what TikTok knows about you. Navigate to Privacy, Personalize and Data, and then Download TikTok Data.
You may need to private your TikTok account so that only those you authorize can follow you and watch your videos. Other users will be unable to Duet, Stitch, or download your TikTok movies if you have a private account. In TikTok’s Privacy settings, you may limit the audience for your videos.
When you sign up for an account on TikTok, you may mask your location using a fake email address and a VPN. If you have an iPhone, you may 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 much you truly 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