Is TikTok Tracking Keystrokes?

The New York Times is reporting that TikTok’s browser can track keystrokes and, therefore, has access to everything you type regardless of what site you might be browsing. (Read the article before you comment, please.) The article goes on to fearmonger about TikTok collecting sensitive information, such as credit card numbers. It’s a bit of a stretch, but sure. If you really wanted to betray the privacy of your users and cause a mass exodus from your platform, you could do it.

That said, fear-mongering is big business for big and little media alike. Does anyone have any real science on this? Should we be worried? Are we in danger? Who uses TikTok’s browser anyway?

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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