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Report reveals social media sites that spy on you more

 Social media sites track your every move, collect huge amounts of personal data on millions of unwilling users, but some collect more information than others.

A Daily Mail report stated that a study by Internet 2.0 for cybersecurity was considered "TikTok" as the largest data collection tool, collecting more data than any social media application or other messaging services.

The popular video sharing app owned by China's ByteDance has about 1 billion active users worldwide, but has more than double the number of trackers in its source code compared to the average of other applications.

Report reveals social media sites that spy on you more

TikTok's tracking software collects data about users to adjust the algorithm that runs the app interface, but it can also gather information about the Wi-Fi network and phone chip (SIM CARD), raising concerns about how this data is used.

But the company is not alone in this, the popular Microsoft products "Teams" and "Outlook", as well as Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, ranked first in the top eight of 22 major companies that absorb the most data, while Facebook was ranked one of the top companies, ranked 16th in the 2.0 rating. "

Internet 2.0 gave each application a score based on the amount of personal information collected, with TikTok recording a total of 63.1.

The second place in the list of media sites that collect the largest proportion of user information was VK, the largest Internet company in Russia, whose applications were removed from the Apple Store, amid security concerns, and received a rating of 62.7, with 13 trackers and 28 "dangerous permissions" detected in its source code.

Report reveals social media sites that spy on you more

The third most user tracking app is Viber Messenger, which has more than 1 billion users, as it appears to have 11 tracking tool.

Microsoft Times - popular with group business calls - had 4 trackers but a large number of permission requests, giving it a score of 38 and placing it in fourth place.

The OutLock e-mail service, which has an estimated 400 million users worldwide, ranked fifth with 35.9 degrees and 7 followers, followed by Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and LinkedIn, all of which recorded about 34 degrees, above the average of 28.8.

Google e-mail "Gmail" recorded 29.6 degrees, while WeChat was found to contain 5 tracking tools.

The Facebook app recorded one of the lowest scores due to "very few code warnings" despite a large number of requests for permission.

The Signal messaging service, preferred by the British Army over its rival WhatsApp for daily events, was one of the best apps, with Facebook Messenger and Discord also registering a high score.

The result of the study comes amid a security dispute over how to use information collected by social media companies.

Former Australian Army intelligence officer and co-founder of Internet 2.0 ′ ′ David Robinson said the company had "long-term privacy and security concerns" about TikTok.

Report reveals social media sites that spy on you more

Alan Woodward, professor of cybersecurity at the British University of Surrey, considered that "TikTok collects information, and you have to wonder why, other than creating a whole file about someone, the type of data is so broad, that it is hard not to conclude that it is used for more than merely marketing and creating a kind of profile of people to marketing, and this - in my belief - is of concern, especially in the current geopolitical environment, where China is proving itself to be a fully resolute government player. "

"The new report is based on the same misleading analysis of Internet 2.0 ′ last year's ′, and recent reports and studies run counter to its conclusions," TikTok said.

"TikTok is not unique in terms of the amount of information it collects, and it actually collects less data than many common mobile apps."


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