TikTok's In-App Browser Can Monitor Your Keystrokes, Researcher Says

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A privacy researcher claims that the software installs code that allows tracking of behavior on websites accessed using its browser.

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The code is used, according to TikTok, for things like debugging.

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According to new research, TikTok's internal browser can keep an eye on specific user behaviors on the external websites that users access using it.

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By research released on Thursday by Vienna-based software researcher Felix Krause,

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when TikTok users view a website through a link in the TikTok app,

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the app inserts code into the website that enables TikTok to track behavior like keystrokes and what users tap on that site.

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That might make it possible for TikTok to collect private user data like passwords and credit card details.

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The websites are opened through TikTok's in-app browser rather than a conventional one like Chrome or Safari,

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which gives the app the ability to inject the code and change the websites to allow that surveillance.

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