TikTok secretly accesses users' data, Apple catches it red-handed

TikTok has been in the eye of the storm for a very long period of time now

Apple did not reveal it during the conference of the WWDC 2020, but developers with access to the iOS 14 beta have discovered new tweaks and options to configure taps on the back of the iPhone and these become actions. MacRumors confirmed that the TikTok app no longer appears to be accessing the clipboard after the update was installed.

China's Bytedance, owner of TikTok, stated the problem is tied to an outdated advertising SDK.

"For TikTok, this was triggered by a feature created to identify repetitive, spammy behaviour". The behaviour is "triggered by a feature created to identify repetitive, spammy behaviour", Bytedance said, adding that it has already submitted a new version to the App Store amending this behaviour. And to top that, the PencilKit will feature the newest breakthrough Scribble, which will allow developers to build new apps with text boxes or integrate the new Scribble APIs into their apps.

Cross-platform compatibility is also being bolstered, meaning that apps will be more interoperable across not only iOS devices like the iPhone and the iPad but also within the rest of Apple's ecosystem covering its desktop and laptop Mac range of computers.

The advent of the App Store in 2008 sparked an exponential growth in apps for the iPhone - these days, iPhone users have around 1.85 million apps to choose from, according to Statista estimates from last month.

"Following the beta release of iOS 14 on June 22, users saw notifications while using a number of popular apps".

Apple does not support or control these sites and could decide to take legal action against these sites and their users.

A novel feature in the new iOS iteration shows users a warning every time an app reads clipboard contents.

TikTok is an Android/iOS app available in 40 countries. Reddit user Bangorlol claimed to have reverse engineered the TikTok app and his findings were deeply disturbing. Some social media apps are also part of the list, including Viber, Weibo, and Truecaller.

Apple says App Clips can be sent as links on iMessage, they can pop up as a suggestion, triggered by a visual code or NFC or even the browser and Siri's Nearby suggestions. "There is a ton of obfuscation involved at all levels of the application".

If you're still not happy with the videos that TikTok offers, there's also the chance of using a generous set of tools for editing them. "Honestly, it's more complicated and annoying than most games I've targeted", said Bangorlol who previously reversed engineered Instagram, Facebook, Reddit and Twitter apps. Don't let your children use it. Tell your friends to stop using it. "You are directly putting yourself and those on your network (work and home) at risk".



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