TikTok’s browser tracks everything users type and click on the internet | TechBuzz

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After it was discovered in 2020 that TikTok was accessing user data buffers, TikTok decided to snoop on its users’ data again. The discovery was made by online security expert Felix Krause, according to which the app is allowed to track everything users do whenever they open a link in TikTok. How? TikTok’s in-app browser injects JavaScript code into external websites, allowing TikTok to monitor all input. This also applies to sensitive information such as passwords and credit card numbers.

“From a technical perspective, this is the equivalent of installing keylogger software for third-party websites. It was an active choice of the company. This is a non-trivial engineering task. This doesn’t happen by mistake or randomly,” Krause told Forbes.

TikTok spokesperson Maureen Shanahan acknowledges the existence of this code, but it is not used for malicious purposes, but is used for debugging, troubleshooting and performance monitoring to ensure an “optimal user experience”.

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“Like other platforms, we use the browser within the app to provide an optimal user experience, but the JavaScript code in question is only used for debugging, troubleshooting and monitoring the performance of that experience – like checking how fast a page loads or if it crashes,” she said. spokeswoman Maureen Shanahan said in a statement to Forbes.

Kraus advises users who want to protect themselves against possible browser code abuse to open links in their phone’s default browser, if possible.

Written by: Marijan Živković

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