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News => General News => Topic started by: iam4liberty on August 12, 2020, 06:24:06 AM

Title: TikTok Tracked User Data Using Tactic Banned by Google
Post by: iam4liberty on August 12, 2020, 06:24:06 AM
https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/tiktok-tracked-user-data-using-tactic-banned-by-google-11597176738 (https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/tiktok-tracked-user-data-using-tactic-banned-by-google-11597176738)
https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/tiktok-tracked-user-data-using-tactic-banned-by-google-11597176738

TikTok skirted a privacy safeguard in Google’s Android operating system to collect unique identifiers from millions of mobile devices, data that allows the app to track users online without allowing them to opt out, a Wall Street Journal analysis has found.

The tactic, which experts in mobile-phone security said was concealed through an unusual added layer of encryption, appears to have violated Google policies limiting how apps track people and wasn’t disclosed to TikTok users.
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The findings come at a time when TikTok’s Beijing-based parent company, ByteDance Ltd., is under pressure from the White House over concerns that data collected by the app could be used to help the Chinese government track U.S. government employees or contractors.