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China Is Using TikTok To Collect Americans' Personal Data | Klon Kitchen on CBS' "60 Minutes"

Is it time to delete TikTok? A guide to the rumors and the real privacy risks.

Its U.S. privacy policy also says it gathers your country location, Internet address and the type of device you’re using. If you give it permission, it will also grab your exact location, your phone’s contacts and other social network connections, as well as your age and phone number.

TikTok: What is the app and how much data does it collect?

Some of the app's data collection has raised eyebrows, including the recent revelation that it was regularly reading the copy-and-paste clipboards of users.

But this was also found to be the case for dozens of other apps including Reddit, LinkedIn, the New York Times and the BBC News app.

Much of TikTok's data collection is comparable to other data-hungry social networks such as Facebook. However, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office - a privacy watchdog - is currently investigating the app.

Redditor who reverse-engineered the TikTok app claims it's a huge data collection scheme

If there’s one lesson to learn here, it’s that TikTok and the larger tech world are in dire need of increased transparency.

For those interested in further reading...

If you are a user having your usual residence in the US, this Privacy Policy shall apply.

If you are a user having your usual residence in the EEA and Switzerland, this Privacy Policy shall apply.

If you are not in the US, EEA or Switzerland, this Privacy Policy shall apply. There may also be jurisdiction specific provisions for certain countries or regions. Please refer to your local privacy policy for more information.

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