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/u/bangorlol reverse engineered TikTok: »TikTok is a data collection service that is thinly-veiled as a social network. If there is an API to get information on you, your contacts, or your device... well, they're using it.«

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»Phone hardware, other apps you have installed, everything network-related (ip, local ip, router mac, your mac, wifi access point name), whether or not you're rooted/jailbroken, some variants of the app had GPS pinging enabled at the time, roughly once every 30 seconds.«
»They set up a local proxy server on your device for "transcoding media", but that can be abused very easily as it has zero authentication.«

»the logging they're doing is remotely configurable« »They have several different protections in place to prevent you from reversing«
»For what it's worth I've reversed the Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter apps. They don't collect anywhere near the same amount of data that TikTok does, and they sure as hell aren't outright trying to hide exactly whats being sent like TikTok is.«
»The above Penetrum link appears to be gone. Someone else linked the paper here: penetrum.com/research
Zimperium put out a report awhile ago too: blog.zimperium.com/zimperium-anal…«
»There's also a few snippets of code on the Android version that allows for the downloading of a remote zip file, unzipping it, and executing said binary.«

»violates google app store policy
support.google.com/googleplay/and…«

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