TikTok will no longer let people opt out of personalized ads

TikTok will no longer let people opt out of personalized ads

The change is likely related to Apple’s upcoming rollout of iOS 14, which will require developers to get users’ permission to track their data across apps for targeted advertising.Making personalized ads mandatory allows TikTok to target advertising to some extent as more people opt out of cross-app tracking.

TikTok hit with consumer law breaches complaints across Europe

TikTok hit with consumer law breaches complaints across Europe

It said the company’s virtual item policy where users can purchase coins to use for virtual gifts for TikTok celebrities whose performance they like, contains unfair terms and misleading practices.“TikTok fails to protect children and teenagers from hidden advertising and potentially harmful content on its platform,” BEUC said.

TikTok tracks you even if you never made an account

TikTok tracks you even if you never made an account

VICE reporter Riccardo Coluccini – who has used the app but had never made a TikTok account before in his life – sent a GDPR request to TikTok to find out what information the social media giant had gathered on him.

Report: TikTok Harvested MAC Addresses By Exploiting Android Loophole

Report: TikTok Harvested MAC Addresses By Exploiting Android Loophole

According to a Wall Street Journal report, TikTok used a banned tactic to bypass the privacy safeguard in Android to collect unique identifiers from millions of mobile devices, data that allows the app to track users online without allowing them to opt out.

TikTok has been quietly sending job applicants' personal data to China

TikTok has been quietly sending job applicants' personal data to China

TikTok discloses that "your data is stored in China" in privacy-policy documents for candidates in European countries, Japan, and Singapore.TikTok routes the personal data of job applicants through servers in China, and discloses this to candidates only in certain countries, Business Insider has discovered.

TikTok says it’s been waiting weeks for a Trump response on US ban

TikTok says it’s been waiting weeks for a Trump response on US ban

ByteDance on Tuesday appealed to a federal appellate court seeking to overturn a sweeping Trump administration order requiring the company to divest itself of its popular TikTok platform—at least in the United States.

Why You Should Stop Using Your Facebook Messenger App

Why You Should Stop Using Your Facebook Messenger App

While Mysk and Haj Bakry found that a number of messaging platforms don’t risk link previews at all—including, somewhat ironically, TikTok and WeChat, the main end-to-end encrypted messengers, including WhatsApp and iMessage, generate link previews on the sender-side.

Pakistan bans TikTok; calls videos “immoral and indecent”

Pakistan bans TikTok; calls videos “immoral and indecent”

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has officially banned TikTok for providing access to “immoral and indecent” videos – though it remains to be seen how permanent this ban will be.

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

Trump to shut off TikTok, WeChat to new U.S. users on Sunday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.

Choosing a VPN for the WeChat and TikTok Ban: Paid VPN vs. Free VPN

Choosing a VPN for the WeChat and TikTok Ban: Paid VPN vs. Free VPN

Those that are dealing with the banning of certain apps like WeChat and TikTok from the app store are being directed towards VPN services as a way to have access to app updates again.

Starting Sunday, TikTok and WeChat banned in US: American users will need a VPN

Starting Sunday, TikTok and WeChat banned in US: American users will need a VPN

The news comes from a U.S. Department of Commerce press release which is titled: “Commerce Department Prohibits WeChat and TikTok Transactions to Protect the National Security of the United States.” Where many people use VPNs in China to bypass Chinese censorship of American apps and services, the reverse is now going to become a thing.

ByteDance won't sell TikTok U.S. operations to Oracle or Microsoft: CGTN

ByteDance won't sell TikTok U.S. operations to Oracle or Microsoft: CGTN

(Reuters) - ByteDance will not sell TikTok’s U.S. operations to Oracle Corp or Microsoft Corp and will not give the source code for the video platform to any U.S. buyers, China’s state-run English television channel CGTN reported on Monday, citing sources.

31% of Americans agree with Trump to ban TikTok in the United States

31% of Americans agree with Trump to ban TikTok in the United States

A few weeks ago, President Trump issued an executive order giving ByteDance 90 days to either ban TikTok’s operations in the U.S. market or sell them to an American company in order to continue its activity.

TikTok: Social Media or CCP Spyware?

TikTok: Social Media or CCP Spyware?

On June 29th 2020, the second most populous country in the world, and TikTok’s biggest market, India, banned it and 60 other Chinese apps accused of stealing and sending of user data outside the country.

Almost 235 Million YouTube, TikTok and Instagram Profiles Exposed Online by Unsecured Database

Almost 235 Million YouTube, TikTok and Instagram Profiles Exposed Online by Unsecured Database

Many users keep their profiles open, allowing companies such as Deep Social to collect that data and compile it further.While the database belonged to Social Data, the evidence point toward Deep Social, another company used to scrape data from online sources and has since dissolved.

The problem with TikTok is not whether it is based in China or the US. The problem with TikTok is TikTok.

The problem with TikTok is not whether it is based in China or the US. The problem with TikTok is TikTok.

The problem with TikTok. Social media giants such as Facebook and Google are tracking machines, just like most big tech corporations.The Chinese social media giant TikTok is collecting as much data as possible from their users - whether TikTok needs the data to provides its service or not.

Unsecured Social Data database leaks 235 million public profiles from TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube

Unsecured Social Data database leaks 235 million public profiles from TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube

These public records were scraped from these social media platforms by Deep Social, a now defunct company that seems to have sold the data to Social Data.The database has since been secured, and affected users won’t be notified because the leaked information is technically public.

TikTok was found to be bypassing Android's built-in protections and sneakily tracking users

TikTok was found to be bypassing Android's built-in protections and sneakily tracking users

TikTok was allegedly tracking Android users via their MAC addresses, a new Wall Street Journal report reveals.Improve your game with these thumb grips for your PS4 controller.Pick yourself up a pair of thumb grips for your Playstation 4 controller and watch your game take off.

TikTok reportedly violated Google's data collection policies by tracking the individual identifiers of Android users' smartphones

TikTok reportedly violated Google's data collection policies by tracking the individual identifiers of Android users' smartphones

Google and Apple have both banned apps from collecting MAC addresses, but researchers told The Wall Street Journal that TikTok did so until November last year by exploiting a bug.

The US is building a new Great Firewall

The US is building a new Great Firewall

“With parent companies based in China, apps like TikTok, WeChat, and others are significant threats to the personal data of American citizens, not to mention tools for Chinese Communist Party content censorship,” said Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state.

TikTok as China’s surveillance tool: red flag or paranoia?

TikTok as China’s surveillance tool: red flag or paranoia?

As global geopolitical tensions continue to rise, there is increasing concern that the data TikTok collects from its users could end up in the hands of the Chinese government.

TikTok: Logs, Logs, Logs

TikTok: Logs, Logs, Logs

Every 5 minutes, TikTok sent a network request with an encrypted content.Now, I can use Frida to intercept the call of this method and see the content of the request before encryption.

Trump says he's banning TikTok in the U.S.

Trump says he's banning TikTok in the U.S.

A spokesperson for TikTok said in a statement that the app is a job creator committed to the privacy of its 100 million users in the United States.

Pakistan bans one Chinese app and gives TikTok a final warning to clean up its act

Pakistan bans one Chinese app and gives TikTok a final warning to clean up its act

Pakistan’s Telecommunications Authority has banned one Chinese-owned social video-streaming app Bigo and given TikTok a final warning that it needs to get its house in order or also face expulsion.

South Korea Fines TikTok 186 Million For Selling Children’s Data

South Korea Fines TikTok 186 Million For Selling Children’s Data

Amid growing concerns about user privacy, the Korea Communications Commission has imposed a fine of 186 million won or 18.5 million Nepali rupees on the video-sharing app Tiktok, which makes three percent of their annual income.

Facebook readies global launch of its TikTok competitor

Facebook readies global launch of its TikTok competitor

Facebook will launch Instagram Reels, its answer to TikTok, in the United States and more than 50 other countries in a matter of weeks, according to sources familiar with the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.

TikTok under consideration for a U.S. ban due to cybersecurity threats

TikTok under consideration for a U.S. ban due to cybersecurity threats

The Trump administration reportedly has plans in the works to shutter the app for American users – citing privacy threats from TikTok’s parent company and the Chinese Communist Party.

Amazon says it will not ban TikTok from employee phones

Amazon says it will not ban TikTok from employee phones

As first reported by The New York Times on Friday, Amazon asked employees to remove TikTok from their mobile devices, citing security risks.“Due to security risks, the TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email,” the company said in the initial email to employees on Friday morning.

Amazon tells employees to delete TikTok immediately—then takes it back

Amazon tells employees to delete TikTok immediately—then takes it back

In its earlier email to employees Friday morning, obtained by CNN, Amazon (AMZN) said that due to "security risks, the TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email.".

TikTok may be 'data collection service disguised as social media', Liberal senator says

TikTok may be 'data collection service disguised as social media', Liberal senator says

Popular video messaging app TikTok may be “a data collection service disguised as social media” that requires greater scrutiny by Australian users, the deputy chair of the Foreign Interference through Social Media inquiry has said.

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