Is TikTok Spying On You For China?

As TikTok continues to deny U.S. accusations of data mishandling, a new report from ProtonMail has called those denials into question.

“Beware,” it warns, “the social media giant not only collects troves of personal data on you, but also cooperates with the CCP, extending China’s surveillance and censorship reach beyond its borders.”

ProtonMail says that it reviewed TikTok’s “data collection policies, lawsuits, cybersecurity white papers, past security vulnerabilities, and its privacy policy,” and concluded that “we find TikTok to be a grave privacy threat that likely shares data with the Chinese government. We recommend everyone approach TikTok with great caution, especially if your threat model includes the questionable use of your personal data or Chinese government surveillance.”

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