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TikTok Shares Your Data More Than Other Social Apps and Where It Goes Is a Mystery

There is more personal information on YouTube and TikTok than on any other social platform according to recent research, but there is no clear explanation for how TikTok uses that data. In Apple's iOS 15.2, URL Genius employed the Record App Activity feature, which allows apps to connect with other networks.

With 14 connections each, YouTube and TikTok outperformed other apps like Twitter, Telegram, Snapchat, and Whatsapp, which had an average of 6 connections.

YouTube had 10 first-party contacts, whereas TikTok had 13 third-party contacts, which was more than the number of contacts each app had. Even if users didn't choose to allow tracking, it nevertheless happened.

While stressing that the third-party contacts could not be recognized, the report stated, "Consumers are currently unable to see what data is exchanged with third-party networks or how their data will be utilized."

According to several lawmakers, notably Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the White House is moving too slowly to come up with a coherent strategy to counter TikTok and its use.

"TikTok remains a serious threat to U.S. national security and Americans’—especially children’s—personal privacy," Mr. Rubio stated. "The Biden administration undid critical measures that President Trump took against the app, and the timid steps it has taken on data security are not nearly enough."

On government-issued devices, the US military has already prohibited its members from accessing the application. Former President Donald Trump's executive orders, according to the Biden administration, were unenforceable, and any new legislation needed to be carefully considered to guarantee that they could stand all challenges in court.

The White House recently received suggestions from the Commerce Department to address the possibility that Chinese apps' data on American users may be disclosed to Beijing. The Chinese Embassy in Washington warned in a statement that the United States should not "overstretch the concept of national security and politicize economic issues."

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