Tik Tok sharing Data with China
Congressmen worried about popular social media links with Chinese leaders
Two high-ranking House Republicans on Thursday sent a letter to the founder of the popular TikTok app, asking questions about the potential illegal use of underage user data and connections with the Chinese government..
Greg Walden, Lead Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Katie McMorris Rogers, a senior member of the Consumer Rights Subcommittee, asked the app’s creator what data from American users it collects and what data it shares with the Chinese Communist Party or other government agencies, and whether the information is stored about Americans in China.
“The fact that TikTok appears to have close ties to the Chinese government raises concerns about your data collection and retention policies,” the letter said..
The letter is addressed to Zhang Yimin, the founder and CEO of ByteDance, which owns TikTok. TikTok does not comment on the letter yet.
TikTok’s security concerns have been around for a long time. In December, the US Navy was banned from installing the app on government-issued phones, claiming it posed a “cybersecurity threat.”.
Legislators have also sent a long list of questions to TikTok related to how children’s data is processed and whether illegally collected data is destroyed, as mandated by an agreement with the FTC..
The Center for Digital Democracy, the Campaign for a Childhood Free from Commercialization and several other privacy organizations said on May 14 that TikTok had not removed videos posted by children under the age of 13, although it has pledged to do so in accordance with an agreement with the Federal Commission on trade announced in February 2019.
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