Amazon ordered all employees to remove the popular social video-sharing app TikTok from their mobile devices on Friday, while reporting to The New York Times.
“Due to security risks, the TikTok app is no longer permitted on mobile devices that access Amazon email,” the company said in an email to employees Friday morning. “If you have TikTok on your device, you must remove it by 10-Jul to retain mobile access to Amazon email. At this time, using TikTok from your Amazon laptop browser is allowed”.
It was revealed that TikTok was recently exposed accessing user clipboard data when running in the background, potentially exposing passwords or other sensitive data. This act was uncovered because of a new feature in iOS 14, and it’s unclear how long it this has been happening.
Hence, TikTok has since removed the feature, but the privacy scare underscored long-standing privacy concerns over the app, which is owned by the China-based Bytedance.