- Salman Ahmed
- March 1st, 2019
It looks like we still don’t understand the importance of our online privacy.
The number of social apps available right now is colossal. Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, Snapchat and the list goes on.
Just when you thought there is no other social app left for your child and even for you to use, go to app store and search for Tik Tok.
(Tik Tok Trend in Past 12 Months)
Tik Tok is a new disease in the form of a social app that is trending nowadays.
Nowadays, lip syncing videos are in trend due to the new social monster, called “Tik Tok.” The most downloadable social app in both Android and iOS devices is creating severe privacy concerns.
In this app, where over 13 million videos are uploaded daily, full of inappropriate content, it is nearly impossible to keep a sharp eye on children.
There are a number of incidents already happened that gives a strong indication that Tik Tok app is dangerous to use without setting up privacy.
After what Facebook and online giants did last year, GDPR is considered as a solution to protect users online privacy.
From your personal data, contact details, location to your credit card details, all of them are collected by Tik Tok app.
I also want to point out that this social app shares your data with third parties to target you with ads. Scary isn’t it!
Let’s look in detail how much data Tik Tok actually collects.
From your name, email address, address, gender, social media logins to your credit card information, images, language and contact number, every single thing I mentioned here is collected by Tik Tok app.
What if you do not have time to create your ID on Tik Tok and you choose a social network account to sign-in? What happens then?
Well once you choose to log in to Tik Tok, you agree to share the following information:
The things are getting terrifying up to this point where most of you never bother to scroll down.
Tik Toks also collects your data related to users psychology.
It builds a profile of you by analyzing your comments, types of video you are creating and your behavior while using other social apps:
Using Tik Tok on your mobile devices also allow the app to track your location with the help of GPS. Moreover, if you don’t want to share your location information you can turn off your GPS settings.
However, when you don’t switch on your location, you will not be able to use all the features due to geo-restrictions policy.
Tik Toks also collects your information via other services and websites that are its partner. Moreover, they also receive your information from third party apps:
Users who don’t have the patience to find your friends on Tik Tok. And you feel comfortable with sharing your contacts with the app, then get ready to compromise your following data:
The social media app collects data regarding the messages you receive and send:
The effect of social media is pernicious on children. According to the research, the frequent use of social media is directly proportional to an increase in depression and anxiety in children.