We have all looked for new ways of coping with the new way of living within a world-wide pandemic. Our lives are all surrounded and showcased on social media networks. But which platforms are safe to use? For healthcare-related posts, are you helping or hurting healthcare? Better yet, could you even be sacrificing your organization and patient/resident health data? What if it gets into the wrong hands? What could the “wrong hands” do with that data? Where are those uploaded videos? Although most of us use technology daily in our lives, not all of us understand entirely the way our information is used and stored, and who has it.
Upfront, we would like to show our concern for using TikTok and WeShare social apps. These apps store your data and uploaded videos and content to servers in China, the Chinese military, the Chinese Communist Party, and the agencies which want to steal our intellectual property.
Those apps can and can be used to steal personal and financial information for blackmail and extortion. They can be used to steal business intellectual property and proprietary secrets.
Trump administration trade advisor, Peter Navarro, warned that “besides surveilling and tracking Americans,” Chinese mobile apps can be used for “information warfare” purposes. These allegations have come to light because a Chinese company owns TikTok, and it is required by law to share user data with Beijing. The company has admitted that it collects user data while their app is running in the background – including the messages people send, pictures they share, their keystrokes and location data, and more. We consider TikTok a security risk, and we recommend not using this app on your company devices or your own devices.
Work with us to make our healthcare sector a safer environment. It is all of our duty to keep it protected, and we’re here to guide long term care and senior living organizations in the right direction.