TikTok’s in-app browser tracks keyboard input and screen taps when opening links; according to a security researcher.
The functionality is “the equivalent of installing a keylogger.” researcher Felix Krause told MacRumors. However, Any external link opened from the iOS app will prompt TikTok to monitor keyboard input and screen taps.
On the Other hand, TikTok’s representative refuted the allegations.
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Michael Beckerman, VP, Head of Public Policy, Americas at TikTok, denied keylogging in a CNN interview in July.
TikTok is the only app Krause has evaluated that doesn’t offer a default browser option. Finally, A TikTok spokesman said using a browser outside the app would be “suboptimal / clunky experience” and wouldn’t assure a secure user experience.