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The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data


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The greatest interest is in personal data.

While there is no direct evidence that TikTok has done anything malicious with peoples data, sharing information could be fundamentally less safe with a company that might allow the Chinese authorities to intercept it.

Credit: Glenn Harvey

Is TikTok, the Chinese-owned social network that is used mostly by teenagers to post dance videos, a national security threat?

It depends on whom you ask.

President Trump has said it is and has threatened to ban the app in the United States. But security experts are more hesitant to draw conclusions. While there is no direct evidence that TikTok has done anything malicious with people's data, sharing information could be fundamentally less safe with a company that might allow the Chinese authorities to intercept it.

So I asked two companies that offer mobile security products to take a close look at TikTok's app to see what they could glean about it. They had very different takes.

 

From The New York Times
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