A security researcher has made serious allegations against Meta (formerly known as Facebook), Instagram and TikTok, claiming that their iPhone apps may be able to track everything users type into their built-in internet browsers.
The researcher, an ex-Google engineer named Felix Krause, was quoted as saying by the New York Post that all of these apps say they don’t violate a user’s privacy or track sensitive user data such as credit card information, passwords, and addresses entered through in-app browsers application, but that they can do it.
Last week, the researcher published a report on these apps alleging that all third party links on their apps may cause various risks to the user.
According to Krause, users who click on links in both apps are redirected to web pages in an “in-app browser” allegedly controlled by Facebook or Instagram, rather than being sent to the preferred web browser. of the user, such as Safari or Firefox. .
To further explain it, he said that when Instagram users click on product links sent by their friends as a direct message on their iPhone, the URLs open in the in-app browser. If users decide to purchase the products, they must enter their credit card information, shipping address and other information, all of which can be tracked by Instagram, Krause said. The same would also happen if they bought a product from an Instagram ad, he added.
The researcher’s claims come amid concerns raised by several regulators about the privacy and security of Chinese-owned TikTok.
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