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WSJ finds TikTok was collecting MAC addresses without consent

Wednesday 12 August 2020 | 08:52 CET | News
TikTok skirted a privacy safeguard in the Android operating system to collect MAC addresses from millions of mobile devices, without informing users of the practice or allowing them to opt out, a Wall Street Journal analysis has found. The tactic was concealed through an unusual added layer of encryption, mobile security experts told the paper. 

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