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Trending on TikTok: Your Personal Data

Do you recognize any of these lyrics?

“My money don’t jiggle jiggle, it folds…”

“I’m just a baby…”

“In a minute, imma need a sentimental man or woman…”

If not, welcome to some of TikTok’s most recognizable phrases that millions of people have overlayed on their own videos that may (or may not) relate to the words. This year, the social media sensation surpassed 1 billion monthly active users and has become 2022’s most popular social media app.

While people – especially teenagers and young adults – enjoy the latest trends and dances, the Chinese parent company of TikTok is enjoying a buffet of personal data. If you’ve ever been on TikTok and felt as if it was an extremely intuitive app, almost as if it’s listening to you, that’s because it is. As the Chinese company uses artificial intelligence algorithms that figure out passwords, your private information is at their disposal.

Parents and individuals need to be aware. It’s not just about what TikTok can do today. It’s about what TikTok can create and take tomorrow. Not only can the Chinese parent company hack your passwords, they can decrypt your challenge questions and access and alter medical records. Healthcare companies across the country are concerned, but the dances and audio dubbing continue, posing a risk to our cybersecurity.

Yes, the app is engaging, but it’s important for Americans to be aware of the potential consequences from this seemingly innocent platform. Parents should keep an eye out for their children. Putting your data in the hands of a foreign entity is dangerous, especially if you do not know what they can or will do with your information.