( the tik-tok logo stolen from google.com )
In 2019 the phone application known as Tik-Tok was the most downloaded application across all mobile platforms. What people were likely not aware of, is that the Tik-Tok application is essentially a well disguised spyware application inextricably linked to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) which collects an incredible amount of data from its users devices.. Which is then forwarded to the CCP down the road.
- Messenger / SMS data
- Apps installed on your phone
- What websites you've visited
- Your search history
- Keystrokes / What you type
- Location data / GPS
- Images on device
Now even as an individual with nothing to hide the fact that just by downloading and installing the Tik-Tok application to your mobile device you are essentially inviting chinese communists front row access to all of your information as well as actions performed on your device.
It isn't only a massive security issue to have your phone essentially acting as a chinese spy for the CCP, but could also have further reaching implications for national security of countries as the CCP fans out its tendrils across the internet looking to suck up as much user data and information they can in order to track or otherwise profile people around the world. It's downright scary to think that application developers which are in bed with an overbearing communist government are actively trying to create viral apps which advertise one aspect of their applications usage but secretly have functions in place to spy on users.
Although to be fair many popular mobile device applications such as the Facebook mobile app also do similar shady shit to their users. When you install an application make sure to pay attention to what rights these things are asking for, you may be giving up far more information than you realize without knowing it.
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