Both China and Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have never been characterized as countries where freedoms, which other countries offer are commonplace, since the government is practically behind, especially in relation to technology in recent years, but not exclusively as is the case with UAE and women.
As we can read in The New York Times, both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store they have removed the ToTok messaging application, a secret surveillance tool used by the government of the United Arab Emirates to spy worldwide. This application, which has been available for some years, tracks all user actions, whether resident in the United States or outside it.
ToTok has been downloaded throughout the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, North America (United States and Canada) and has recently been downloaded in one of the most downloaded social applications in the United States. According to The New York Times, the government of the United Arab Emirates know “every conversation, movement, relationship, date, sound and image” of all users who use the application.
ToTok is a tool designed to perform mass surveillance, according to the technical analysis performed by this medium. It works very similarly to other applications available both in the App Store and in the Play Store that track both the location and contacts of users.
Behind the development of this application is Breej Holding According to The New York Times, it is most likely a facade since is associated with DarkMatter, a hacking cyberintelligence company based in Abu Dhabi formed by intelligence officials of the United Arab Emirates, former employees of the National Security Agency (NSA) former Israeli military intelligence agents (MOSAF).
Users who downloaded the application they can continue using it without any problem until they delete it from their device, since both Google and Apple cannot delete it remotely from their servers, although if they really want to, they can keep it from working.