Reports reveal how TikTok is spying on iPhone users

Chinese social media app, TikTok, is still able to access notes on the clipboard for iphone users, Apple’s beta iOS 14 release has shown, indicating that the app didn’t keep its pledge earlier this year to avoid accessing confidential customer phone information.

TikTok came under fire earlier this year to access clipboards of smartphones, and in a statement that vowed to end it’s snopping behavior, but users testing Iphone’s latest operating system noticed TikTok didn’t keep its promise.

When the TikTok app accesses the clipboard on a smartphone with iOS 14, a notification appears at the top showing that even when it was running in the background, TikTok was looking at the clipboard every free stroke, the Telegraph states.

A video that is posted on Twitter shows a user typing a comment in the app and a banner message appears every few seconds, letting him know that TikTok has accessed his clipboard.

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However, this app is not the only one sneaking in the shadows.

The Telegraph states the banner appears while using other services, including AccuWeather, AliExpress, Call of Duty Mobile, Google News, Overstock and Patreon, on devices operating on iOS14.

In response to the new claims, a TikTok spokesperson says the company took notice of ‘the action’ and sent an update to the App Store to remove the functionality.

Last year, US authorities fined TikTok $5.7 million to settle allegations that it unlawfully collected children’s personal information.

In February 2019, the Federal Trade Commission said the fine levied on the social network , known as Musical.ly, was the highest in a child protection case ever.

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FTC officials said the app, which has gained popularity among young smartphone users, has failed to obtain parental consent from its underage users as mandated by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

FTC chairman Joe Simons said: ‘The operators of Musical.ly – now known as TikTok – knew many children were using the app, but they still failed to seek parental consent before collecting names, email addresses, and other personal information from users under the age of 13.’

‘This record penalty should be a reminder to all online services and websites that target children: We take enforcement of COPPA very seriously, and we will not tolerate companies that flagrantly ignore the law.’

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