Why You Need to Delete Your TikTok Account

Everything you need to know about the app that knows everything about you.

Katlyn Gallo
Dark Roast Security
7 min readSep 12, 2022
Photo by Solen Feyissa on Unsplash

As someone who has lost hours of her life scrolling through Instagram Reels, I get it. You don’t want to give up the app that has you cracking up at night or entertaining you during long car rides. But what if I told you using TikTok can lead to the theft of your banking information, usernames and passwords, and more? That might have you a bit worried, right? At least, I would hope so.

In this article, I’ll be discussing some of the major security and privacy concerns that have been discovered within the TikTok platform which has so many security professionals steering clear of the popular app.

The Collection of Unnecessary Data

Over the last few years, there have been plenty of reports about the amount of data the app collects. While some users might brush this fact off with the argument that “every social media app collects data”, TikTok has been notorious for collecting mass amounts of data it doesn’t need. This alone violates a core privacy principle when it comes to data collection: data minimization, or limiting the amount of data collected.

Data collected by the TikTok app includes:

  • Device information — brand and model, OS version, mobile carrier, IP address
  • Browsing history
  • Apps and file names/types
  • Content interactions — what you’re watching and for how long
  • Images and text from the device clipboard
  • Keystroke patterns
  • Wifi connections
  • Geo-location
  • Personal information — age, image, personal contacts, preferences, relationship status, and additional data collected from the Single-Sign-On connection (when you sign in using an existing account from Facebook, Google, etc.)
  • Content of messages sent and received
  • Biometric data — facial geometry, voice recognition, fingerprints

Additionally, a study published by URL Genius earlier this year showed that Tiktok tracks more personal data than any other…



Katlyn Gallo
Dark Roast Security

Coffee lover, bookworm, and InfoSec enthusiast | Find me on Twitter & Instagram: @ktgblogstech