TikTok app monitors ‘every tap’ on your phone, researcher claims

A security researcher is warning TikTok fans the app appears to be able to monitor what you type.

New research by software engineer Felix Krause found the tech giant is able to do this within the platform’s own web browser on iOS.

TikTok’s own browser is launched whenever you tap a link within the app, The Sun reports.

Tracking every keystroke this way has led to concerns that sensitive things like credit card information or passwords could be captured.

It all revolves around a piece of code that the firm injects.

“When you open any link on the TikTok iOS app, it’s opened inside their in-app browser,” Mr Krause said.

“While you are interacting with the website, TikTok subscribes to all keyboard inputs (including passwords, credit card information, etc) and every tap on the screen, like which buttons and links you click.”

Other apps like Instagram and Facebook have something similar, except they allow you to open with your usual web browser instead, if you like.

TikTok, on the other hand, does not.

But there’s no evidence to suggest such tech is used for bad purposes.

“Just because an app injects JavaScript into external websites, doesn’t mean the app is doing anything malicious,” Mr Krause said.

“There is no way for us to know the full details on what kind of data each in-app browser collects, or how or if the data is being transferred or used.”

TikTok has confirmed the code exists but strongly denies it’s being used to track users.

A spokesperson for TikTok told The Sun: “The report’s conclusions about TikTok are incorrect and misleading.

“The researcher specifically says the JavaScript code does not mean our app is doing anything malicious, and admits they have no way to know what kind of data our in-app browser collects.

“Contrary to the report’s claims, we do not collect keystroke or text inputs through this code, which is solely used for debugging, troubleshooting, and performance monitoring.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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