TikTok Browser Can Track Users’ Keystrokes, According to New Research
The supplementary code in the web browser used in the TikTok app allows the company to track every character typed by users.
The company said the capability was there for troubleshooting.
The web browser used in the TikTok app can track every keystroke made by its users.
Research by Felix Krauss, a privacy researcher and former Google engineer, did not show how TikTok used the capability, which is embedded within the in-app browser that pops up when an external link is clicked.
But Mr Cross said the development was concerning because it showed TikTok had built in functionality to track users' online habits if it chose to do so.
In a CNN interview in July, Michael Beckerman, a TikTok policy executive, denies that the company logs users' keystrokes, but admits to monitoring their patterns, such as typing frequency, to protect against fraud again.
Mr Krause said he fears those devices have "very similar architectures" and could be repurposed to track keystroke content.