This depends on your definition of “safe.”
Does CapCut steal your data and sell it on the black market? No, it doesn’t.
Is CapCut malware, and will it infect your device? Also no.
Does CapCut collect your data and share it with related apps and companies? Yes.
If you value your privacy and don’t want CapCut to access your personal information, then CapCut is “not safe” per that definition.
Keep reading to learn more about the type of data that CapCut collects about its users!
Originally, CapCut was released in 2019 in China under Jianying and was developed by ByteDance, the same company that owns TikTok.
It was further renamed CapCut and released to the rest of the world in 2020. That’s when CapCut started becoming extremely popular among video editors and regular TikTok users.
ByteDance also owns the following companies:
- News Republic Inc.
- Flipagram Inc.
ByteDance’s controversial history regarding data collection and transmission might make you rethink using CapCut, but otherwise, the app is perfectly safe.
CapCut collects the following data from you:
- Information when you register for an account or even without an account
- Information when you upload content to the platform
- Information when you use the services
- Automated information collection when you access or use the platform
- Technical and behavioral information about your interaction with the services
- Information about the images, videos, and video templates you upload on the app
- Identification information about the objects, scenery, and words spoken in the content uploaded on the app
- The nature of the audio, the existence and location of a human face in the video
Essentially, they’ll use this information to improve their services and provide you with an excellent experience on their app.
However, they may share your information with third-party services in partnership with them.
CapCut will also disclose your personal information if law enforcement agencies request it.
Regarding the data retention period, CapCut reserves the right to retain your data for as long as necessary.
This is how CapCut uses your information:
- To verify your identity and age
- To offer you user support
- To enforce their policies, conditions, and terms
- To detect fraud, abuse, and other illegal activities, as well as to ensure your safety by reviewing user content and messages
- To administer and provide the services (edit, modify and create content)
- To respond to user queries or requests, complaints, or other feedback from users
- To offer personalized information or content that may interest you
- To transfer to other third parties (business partners, service providers, and governmental authorities)
- To comply with the laws, regulations, guidelines, and codes of practice, as well as to assist the law enforcement conducted by a law enforcement agency
By now, you should know that every platform and app collects information, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that CapCut collects the information it collects.
In short, CapCut is both safe and unsafe. It’s not malware; it doesn’t steal your information or hacks your device.
However, it does collect information about you, the way you use the app, the content you upload and edit, and much more.
That information may be shared with TikTok and other third parties in partnership with them. So, in terms of privacy, CapCut is not safe.
If you have questions, leave a comment below, and I’ll try to help!