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I have no personal experience, with TikTok.

March 2, 2023: TikTok spies on people much like Facebook does. We Found 28,000 Apps Sending TikTok Data. Banning the App Won't Help. by Thomas Germain for Gizmodo
--"Joe Biden gave federal agencies 30 days to remove TikTok from government devices earlier this week. Until now, most politicians intent on punishing TikTok have focused solely on banning the app itself, but ... federal agencies must also 'prohibit internet traffic from reaching the company.' That’s a lot more complicated than it sounds."
-- The article is wrong about this, for a competent techie this is not difficult at all. DNS makes it fairly easy, more on this below.
--"Gizmodo has learned that tens of thousands of apps ... use code that sends data to TikTok. Some 28,251 apps use TikTok’s software development kits, (SDKs), tools which integrates apps with TikTok’s systems - and send TikTok user data" Many websites also send data to TikTok.

December 22, 2022. TikTok Spied On Forbes Journalists by Emily Baker-White for Forbes. The author covers TikTok. She was leaked information about the company from someone who works there. TikTok did not like what she wrote, so they set out to find her source. They spied on her location, and then, after another leak, they lied about doing this. One way they tracked the reporter's location was by her public IP address, so use a VPN when using TikTok. And, as the section below says, use their website rather than their app to limit the amount of spying they can do. Make sure that either the browser or the Operating System has no access to your location. That means, using a VPN from an Ethernet-connected device. If the device supports WiFi or GPS, turn them both off.

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