It seems like TikTok hasn’t given up on being the data-hungry app it always has been. Its parent company ByteDance continues to thrive due to the immense popularity of short-format content and other apps. But a security researcher discovered that TikTok is sneakily tracking your browsing activity and logging your every move.
Security researcher Felix Krause found out that TikTok along with many other social apps was heavily tracking its users who use the in-app browser. He gave an interview to Vogue where he described that the browser was tracking your every single tap and was the modern equivalent of a keylogger.
Is TikTok’s In-App Browser spying on you?
Apps have the tendency to scrape up every tiny data fragment from users while giving the excuse of optimal user experience. If the app can track every bit of information you enter into a website, including your personal and financial details, it is basically spying without permission. Moreover, TikTok isn’t the brand that you can rely on for safeguarding your data and not misusing it in the future.
If you want to open a link, you should prefer your default web browser on the phone. In-app browsing is a great way for developers to keep the user from switching to another app but considering the present means of tracking, it is best to avoid opening links in the in-app browsers.