The popular social media platform, TikTok, has already been banned in India because it is owned by a company in Communist China and there are concerns it could be used by the communist regime for nefarious purposes.
Recently, President Trump stated that the app, because of similar security concerns, will be banned in the US unless it is sold to an American business by mid-September. Microsoft and other companies are apparently in talks to purchase TikTok.
Now there are more allegations about TikTok.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok, which has come under fire from the Trump administration over national security concerns, circumvented a privacy safeguard in Google’s Android operating system to collect unique identifiers from millions of users that would allow the app to track users online without letting them opt-out. […]
Mobile-phone security experts told the WSJ that the tactic used by TikTok was concealed through an unusual added layer of encryption, very likely violated Google policies relating to how apps track people, and was not disclosed to Twitter users. TikTok stopped the tracking practice in November according to tests performed by the WSJ.
Of course, this wasn’t the first time TikTok has been caught doing this type of thing. READ: Report: Apple Caught China-Owned TikTok Spying on Millions of iPhone Users
And for now, we will call this just a coincidence. READ: Samsung researchers caught leaking valuable OLED tech to China get charged by South Korean authorities