InAppBrowser.com website reveals how TikTok and Instagram can track data

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As the debate grows over which tech companies and apps are tracking your data, here’s a website that can reveal how platforms like TikTok and Instagram can potentially see your sensitive data, including address, passwords and credit card information without your consent.

The website, named InAppBrowser.com, has a tool that will let you know how popular social media platforms inject “JavaScript code into third-party websites that lead to potential security and privacy risks for the user”.

According to the tool’s developer, Felix Krause, InAppBrowser.com has a simple tool to “list the JavaScript commands executed by the iOS app rendering the page.”

“To try this tool yourself, open an app you want to analyze, share the URL, tap the link inside the app to open it, then read the on-screen report,” said he mentioned.

InAppBrowser.com is designed so that everyone can see for themselves what apps are doing in their built-in browsers.

“I decided to open the code used for this analysis, you can check it out on GitHub. This allows the community to update and improve this script over time,” Krause said in a post by blog.

He previously warned that the short-form Chinese video app TikTok could monitor all keyboard inputs and presses through its in-app browser on iOS.

“TikTok’s in-app browser injects code to observe all taps and keystrokes, which may include passwords and credit cards,” he warned.

TikTok said in a statement that Krause’s conclusions about the company are “incorrect and misleading.”

“Contrary to its claims, we do not collect typing or text input through this code, which is only used for debugging, troubleshooting, and performance monitoring,” the company said.

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(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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