TikTok found to be monitoring all keyboard inputs and taps on iOS ↺
Back in mid-June, we heard that the private data of TikTok users allegedly ended up in China. The popular short-form video hosting service owned by Chinese company ByteDance is now back in the spotlight and this time a spokesperson confirmed the existence of spyware-like features in the iOS app. However, the TikTok representative also claims that these features are not being used for anything malicious.
Two days ago, fastlane.tools founder Felix Krause published a follow-up to his August 10 article on iOS privacy. One week after he unveiled that Instagram and Facebook can track all the user's actions that take place in their in-app browser, he discovered that the same thing happens with TikTok.
According to Krause, "TikTok iOS subscribes to every keystroke (text inputs) happening on third party websites rendered inside the TikTok app. This can include passwords, credit card information and other sensitive user data. (keypress and keydown). We can’t know what TikTok uses the subscription for, but from a technical perspective, this is the equivalent of installing a keylogger on third party websites."
For now, TikTok does not offer an option to open links using the default system browser, something that Instagram and Facebook (including Meta's proprietary instant messaging app and platform Messenger) have been providing for a while to the users of their mobile apps.