What is TikTok’s Fingerprinting Technique?
It is being said that TikTok reportedly uses a combination of audio and browser tracking techniques to determine users who watch and share app’s videos on both app and web. However, Tiktok’s parent firm ByteDance has claimed that its fingerprinting techniques are used to identify malicious browser behaviour.
Steve stated, “Maybe I’m going to regret this, but I can’t even get to that level of thinking with them, because I look at that app as so fundamentally parasitic, that it’s always listening, the fingerprinting technology they use is truly terrifying, and I could not bring myself to install an app like that on my phone.”
He even referred to the app as a spyware. He said that he actively tells people against installing that spyware (TikTok) on their phone.
Notably, TikTok remained a major part of discussions throughout the one-day conference. The conference was aimed at identifying and highlighting trends in social media apps which will shape the next decade for the industry.
Moreover, some other tech leaders have also raised concerns over TikTok’s practices in the past. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO had also noted that she was concerned about the fledging video app on the NBC’s ‘Byers Market’ podcast.
Sheryl had said, “They’re huge, they’re growing really quickly, they’ve gotten to bigger numbers faster than we ever did.” She had further added, “TikTok is a Chinese company, if people are concerned about data I think there’s a lot to be concerned about there.”
However, one cannot help but notice the irony as a Facebook executive raises privacy and security concerns over another social media app.