TikTok’s in-app browser can track every tap you make
Be careful what you type when using TikTok’s in-app browser.
When you tap on an external link from the TikTok app, it opens websites in its own, in-app web browser. As it turns out, TikTok’s in-app browser is capable of tracking everything you do while you’re using it.
A TikTok spokesperson recently spoke with Forbes and confirmed that the company only uses this code for debugging, troubleshooting, and performance monitoring.
One way to avoid this criticism, suggests Krause, is to provide users with an option to open links in their browser of choice. Many apps already do that, allowing users to navigate to links without using a specific browser.
But that’s not available on TikTok. TikTok doesn’t give you the option to switch to your default browser. So you’ll have to manually open that page in your Safari or Chrome browser to avoid the in-app browser.
While TikTok says it’s being responsible with this kind of power, it’s still pretty sketchy that it has the ability to track you this much.
As a precaution going forward, try not to give out too much personal information through in-app web browsers. Just know that anything you type in these browsers can be tracked by the app.
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