Listen Now: Tik Tok’s Latest Privacy Concerns
The world has become a lot more social, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s a friend.
Tik Tok is a video sharing social network app owned by a company based in Beijing. Now with over one point five billion downloads there is concern about privacy and security, especially because it’s owned by a Chinese company.
The concern is so great the entire Department of Defense is being told to avoid installing it on their government issued phones. First this just applied to people who were members of some military branches, but now it also includes civilian workers.
The issue comes from the apps ability to convey location, image and biometric data to its chinese parent company. According to the latest update of the app it performs unencrypted transmission of images, videos and likes. This could allow a hacker to extract private information from content being posted to the app.
According to a recent report, hackers could also compromise accounts, obtain content and reveal personal information saved on the account. The company says those threats have been handled but still, not everything needs to be shared.
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