Concern about what data TikTok collects about its users and makes it available to government agencies should be of concern to any app, not just those related to China.
This week, in response to calls to ban the app in Australia, TikTok wrote to Australian politicians that it was being used as “political football” in the diplomatic struggle between Australia, the United States and China, claiming it was misinformation. The app provided user data to the Chinese government or saved Australian data in China.
In the political excitement that followed the app in the U.S., Apple̵
TikTok announced this to detect spam comments from users and has since fixed it.
The Washington Post also took a look under the hood of the app and found that sending an “abnormal” amount of data to servers (which the post could not find to be based in China) was the default phone information, which apps commonly used to fingerprint a device and which apps collect other apps like Facebook.
The fact that it’s similar to Facebook shouldn’t be a relief, but a reminder that people are now concerned about the impact on national security apps are having on us, but compared to how it affects us Data protection can often fade from what apps collect from us, if only for advertising purposes.
There will likely be a lot more stories of users intercepting apps that do things we don’t expect them to do, also because the upcoming version of iOS 14 focuses on user privacy.
It’s the latest in a long series of steps that Apple is gradually tightening to find out what apps and websites can know about iPhone users. New features already warn users when the location is being tracked in the background, and others offer users the option to sign in to apps with anonymized Apple email addresses instead of their own.
In iOS 14, this security goes one step further. In addition to notifying users of clipboard monitoring, users now know exactly when an app with a status bar indicator is accessing their microphone or camera.
We will finally be able to put to bed the longstanding but unproven claims that Instagram delivers ads based on what people say near their phones.
Users can also block an app that tracks you across other apps on your phone or website, and apps need to specify what data they collect about users.
According to Reuters, a lawsuit has already been filed against LinkedIn to read people’s clipboards, like TikTok and dozens of other apps.
These new privacy notifications are not of interest to everyone. Many people have argued that in order to paraphrase the debate that took place when the Covidsafe app for contact tracking was launched, “You have willingly given this information to Facebook, why should you care?”
The only reason governments or politicians have raised concerns about what apps or websites collect on their users is if it has political or national security implications, like TikTok or Cambridge Analytica, or if the gay dating app Grindr After the national was bought back to a US company, security concerns were raised about the then Chinese owners of the app.
All technology companies are subject to the laws of the countries in which they operate and must make a judgment about whether they should comply with those laws. The transparency reports from Twitter, Google, Facebook and even TikTok show how many requests from government agencies they receive each year and whether they (in some cases) correspond to them.
Ultimately, when users have more control over what is collected at all, people are not surprised when these companies collect this data and can make a more informed decision about what they can do conveniently when handing it over.
“I think people in this digital age need to be fairly aware that all of these platforms, they are all returning to places, and people are knowingly sharing their data, information, and all these things,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison. said when asked about TikTok.
Knowledge will only increase now; The question in the future will be whether the data will be passed on willingly.