By: Dave Cooper, RackNerd
Yes, I’m talking about TikTok. In recent months TikTok has been getting a lot of attention due to security concerns. TikTok is a social media app for Android and iOS that allows you to take short videos of yourself and share them with friends and the world. TikTok has seen growth in recent years and has become one of the most talked-about apps this year. Similar to Instagram which is owned by Facebook the security concerns are raised due to who owns the app. The app was developed by Chinese social media giant ByteDance based out of Beijing, this has raised alarm bells in government agencies due to Chinese ownership.
Like many apps when you install them on your device, terms and conditions come with them. If you take the time to look at the terms you will find a majority of the apps scrape your data and store it. The worry here is what China may want to do with this information which is raising concerns around the world.
On the other side of the fence can you trust other countries/companies to store your data securely and not use it against you?
If you want the holy grail answer of what should I do, well that’s really up to you.
You need to determine before you tap the upload button are you happy with this being on the internet, knowing it will never be deleted. If you are go for it!
I don’t want to be the fun police but it is good to think about from time to time what information you’re giving away (as goes with any application, really).