Users, who are currently testing the beta version of the upcoming iOS 14 software for iPhones, have found that the TikTok is recording what they type on their phones and this could range from non-sensitive information to passwords or even the different sensitive emails.
The practice is expected to impact iPhone users with TikTok accounts in India as well as all across the world. The final and complete version of iOS 14 is all set to be released later this year.
As per an article in Forbes, the Chinese-origin TikTok might not be the only app that could be exploiting the vulnerability of the app. The article also says that TikTok had also apologized for the same and that it would the “invasive practice” in April, but then, the practice rages on.
As per TikTok, the issue is now “triggered by a feature designed to identify repetitive, spammy behavior,” and has told Forbes that it has “already submitted an updated version of the app to the App Store removing the anti-spam feature to eliminate any potential confusion.”
TikTok was also quoted by Forbes that the platform “is committed to protecting users’ privacy and being transparent about how our app works.” TikTok also went on to add that it “looks forward to welcoming outside experts to our Transparency Center later this year.”
Apple, in response, has released a beta version of the upcoming iOS 14 software, and now, the user will be alerted whenever any app tries to copy what the user has pasted on the clipboard.
The Forbes article says that it is unclear whether the same issue is being faced by Android users or not.