The iPhone apps for Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, according to researcher and ex-Google engineer Felix Krause, are able to track data. Sensitive user information supplied through in-app browsers, such as credit card numbers, passwords, and addresses, can be tracked by these programmes. A security researcher has levelled some serious accusations against TikTok, Instagram, and Meta (formerly known as Facebook), alleging that their iPhone applications may be able to monitor anything users input in their in-app browsers.
Moreover Krause suggests, users who click on the links in the two apps are taken to webpages in an “in-app browser” allegedly controlled by Facebook or Instagram, rather than being sent to the user’s preferred web browser, such as Safari or Firefox. It was further explained by Krause that when Instagram users click in links of products sent by their friends as direct messages on their iPhones, the URLS open within the in-app browser. If the users decide to buy the products, they must enter their credit card information, shipping address, and other information, all of which can be tracked by Instagram, said Krause. Reportedly, the same things can happen if they bought a product from an Instagram advertisement, he added.
Felix Krause, an ex-Google engineer and a current researcher was quoted as saying by the New York Post that all these applications say they don’t breach a user’s privacy or track sensitive user data like credit card information, passwords, and addresses entered through in-app browsers but are capable of doing so. According to a report published by Krause, it was alleged that all the third-party links on their applications can cause various risks to the users.
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