TikTok could be pulled from App Stores to address security concerns
Ah, TikTok. It doesn’t matter if you love it or not, it’s impossible to escape the social media giant’s grasp if you spend a lot of time online. No app is better at making even the most bizarre video viral – just think of the Binley mega Chippy phenomenon earlier in the month (sorry, I’m still singing that song).
However, over the years, many concerns have been raised about the safety and security of the platform. These include the data it collects. The ‘For You” page does a remarkable job of selecting content that users will love. According to ComicBook Brendan Carr (a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission) has sent an open letter to Apple, Google, and other companies in an effort to remove the app from their app stores.
“TikTok may not be what it seems on the surface. It’s not just an app to share funny videos and memes. This is the sheep’s clothes. Carr explained that TikTok is a sophisticated surveillance tool that collects large amounts of sensitive and personal data. TikTok gathers all data, from search and browsing history to keystroke patterns, biometric identifiers, and biometric keys, including faceprints (which researchers believe could be used in unrelated facial recognition technologies) and voiceprints.
Apple and Google claim that their app stores are operated in a way that protects consumers’ privacy and secures their data. He said that he was asking for your permission to apply your app store policies and to remove TikTok from the Apple App Store as well as the Google Play Store. If you don’t remove TikTok, please send me separate responses by July 8, 2022, explaining why your company concluded that TikTok’s surreptitious access to sensitive U.S. user information by Beijing-based individuals, along with TikTok’s misleading representations, did not violate any of your app store policies.”