TikTok And Meta Can Track User’s Data Outside The Apps Without Their Permission, According to Research

Businesses need to be very careful when collecting users’ data — and we know that social media giants don’t always do an exemplary job in this department.

 

While recent research shows that TikTok can track every keystroke made by its users, recent analysis also found out that Facebook and Instagram can track user behavior on websites on iOS.

 

Both without their knowledge, of course. 

 

As privacy on these platforms is at risk, I invite you to take a closer look at these cases (and, of course, learn from them). Follow me.

TikTok can see everything you type (and more)

New trend, new privacy concerns. The app has its own built-in browser and here is the first issue pointed out by Felix Krause in a recent research about privacy, especially for iOS users. 

 

The article shows that when opening.  A link through call lists the app, users do not have an option to open in the default browser, so they are “forced” to navigate inside the app. 

 

This can be a little annoying when we look at the user experience perspective, but there’s a long way to go towards privacy issues.

 

Besides having only the in-app browser, users might be getting their personal information captured by a Javascript code. According to Felix Krause, this code is able to detect every single tap the user gives on the screen, including the keyboard.

Instagram surfing TikTok’s wave… even on privacy issues

Meta (formerly Facebook Inc.) has not been left behind when it comes to privacy questions. Felix Krause found potential issues within Instagram, quite similar to what happened with.

Besides having an option to open links in the device default browser, Meta apps have their own browser, which is the first one to open the links inside BW Lists the apps. Whenever you click on a link on Instagram, the app drives you to a page without having to open your smartphone browser. 

In this case, there is also a JavaScript code that is able to track user’s interactions on a third-party page, just like  but not so aggressively. 

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