TikTok Spying On Every iPhone User In India; Donates Rs 30 Cr To PM Cares Fund
How Did This Happen?
On June 23, Forbes reported about a serious problem fix in Apple iOS 14, due in the fall, in which apps can secretly access the clipboard on users’ devices.
According to them, after the new OS is released, users will be informed whenever an app reads the last thing copied to the clipboard.
Further, this is more than a theoretical risk for users, as already countless apps are caught in abusing their privacy in the same way.
Apart from the other security concerns raised about TikTok,It was also caught snooping by security researchers.
What Does TikTok Say?
In response to the query, TikTok owner Bytedance said that the problem was related to the use of an outdated Google advertising SDK that was being replaced.
But, with the release of the new clipboard warning in the beta version of iOS 14, now with developers, they found TikTok abusing the clipboard in a quite extraordinary way.
This ultimately implies that TikTok didn’t stop its invasive practices back in April as they promised earlier.
The interesting part is, now they have changed the excuse.
In their defence, they said that it was “triggered by a feature designed to identify repetitive, spammy behavior,” and has further said that it has “already submitted an updated version of the app to the App Store removing the anti-spam feature to eliminate any potential confusion.”
This further can be translated as, they’ve been caught doing something they shouldn’t, and now they rushed out a fix.
Further, TikTok claims that the platform “is committed to protecting users’ privacy and being transparent about how our app works.”
Moving ahead TikTok said that they “look forward to welcoming outside experts to our Transparency Center later this year.”
Kheloge Aap, Jeetega India
On one hand, TikTok is caught snooping around a users security, while on other side, the Chinese video-sharing app has facilitated donations to the PM CARES Fund with an in-app quiz called ‘Kheloge Aap, Jeetega India’.
Which is basically organised to bring the user community together and build awareness around the spread of coronavirus.
Further, the quiz was available to users in 11 local languages and in five days span, it has received over 70 lakh entries from TikTok users across the country.
TikTok said, “We have been encouraged by the support and enthusiasm for this initiative, and are now donating over 10x of our original pledge,”.
Apart from that, it said, “Our total donation to the PM CARES Fund now amounts to Rs 30 crore and commemorates the overwhelming response to our efforts by users,”.
The Video sharing App said, “As a socially responsible platform, we are committed to supporting the safety and well-being of people through our platform. We deeply appreciate and thank our users for coming forward to spread awareness and contribute to India’s fight against COVID-19,”