I did a detailed privacy check of the Tiktok app and website. You can read my article æt Süddeutsche Zeitung. Tiktok commits multiple breaches of law, trust, transparency and data protection. Here are the technical and legal details
Most important: Fundamental rights are violated because PII is transfered to a company in an unsecure noneuropean country. The server location doesn't count, it is about where the company deciding about the data resides, says @malteengeler. Tiktoks Headquarter: Beijing 🇨🇳
This are the PRIVACY problems with Tiktok. Last week Netzpolitik published detailed information about CENSORSHIP problems. Read this 3 articles starting here https://netzpolitik.org/2019/discrimination-tiktok-curbed-reach-for-people-with-disabilities/
So is it a good idea by Tagesschau to foster this system with videos paid by german households?
Und hier der Artikel für die Süddeutsche Zeitung in deutsch und untechnisch:
Thanks for all the positive comments. I transferred the thread to a blog post for more convenient reading.
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@rufposten I teach young students and TikTok is all the rage right now ... I have done work with my students (age:11) around privacy and data exploitation but your work here is an eye-opener beyond even that ... Thanks for sharing ... I need to continue my conversations with kids and parents ... Is there a single place where you have compiled your analysis? Or is it just in this thread?
@rufposten ah yes, the best way to protect vulnerable people is to hide them from society, and not like, geez, idunno, speaking out in their support and making sure their needs are met
@luciusrafi It's at the end of the thread, but here again 🙂
@rufposten so does facebook, instagram, twitter... and nobody gives a shit, so why care here?
Ah, yeah, right... it's from the China which is "the enemy"...
@musicmatze Even if this whataboutism isn't of help in most cases: Do you even know how many critical articles I wrote about facebook inc?
Just resarch a minute and think before you judge.
@rufposten I did not mean to judge you or your articles at all! Sorry if that was unclear.
My post was rather targeted towards the whole hype around "TikTok is so bad"... because (at least in my bubble) there seems to be a hype around the whole topic. And I think that hype is really dishonest, because most people yell at this company but in the same moment do not care about facebook and the others, plus from what I see, that is only reasoned with "It's China". And that's ridiculous, IMHO.
@rufposten Wow. Amazing work. I am deeply impressed by this thorough analysis! At the same time I know so many young people that don't see the argument for privacy and it just depressed me.
But I also think that there is a much more effective and quick way: If in europe, file a complaint about every privacy violation you notice. You will be surprised how fast things will change.
Thanks for your work. The little one asked to install the App on their phone and we said "no" because of addictiveness and the App development company being in China, which gave me a bad feeling. Reading this I'm glad we made the right decision.
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