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TikTok a Dangerous Risk?

 Following up on this.   My guess it would be very hard now to get significant number of folks to delete it.

Is TikTok Seriously Dangerous—Do You Need To Delete It?

Zak Doffman, Contributor, I cover security and surveillance and co-host 'Straight Talking Cyber'

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Jul 11, 2020,05:07am EDT    in Forbes


Reports on Friday that Amazon had asked employees to delete TikTok from their phones spread like wildfire—TikTok’s security woes have been the viral story of the month. Amazon quickly retracted the news—an internal memo had been released in error—but the implication that TikTok, an app installed by hundreds of millions, might be tapping into emails had resonated. That’s where we now find ourselves.

And while Amazon walked back from any ban, Wells Fargo has asked some employees to delete the app, citing “concerns about TikTok’s privacy and security controls and practices.” You’ll remember that the U.S. military has already banned TikTok from government-issued phones—and there is pressure to widen that significantly, all of which pales compared to India’s blanket ban and threats that Australia and—devastatingly for TikTok—the U.S. might follow suit.

I have reported on TikTok security concerns for more than a year—but we are now in uncharted territory. Whereas we have seen regulatory concerns and fines for data privacy violations and security vulnerabilities in the past, we have now seen TikTok caught up in the much wider U.S.-led backlash against Chinese tech. The question I’m now asked more than any other, unsurprisingly, is whether TikTok is seriously that dangerous and whether users should seriously delete the app.  ... .' 

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