Following India, TikTok now risks harsh punishment in the US. Brendan Carr, the chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has written to Apple and Google asking companies to remove TikTok from their respective app stores due to “its history of surreptitious data practices.”
TikTok “harvests swaths of sensitive data that new reports suggest are being accessible in Beijing,” Carr claimed in the letter.
He wrote to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook, saying, “As you know, TikTok is an app that is available to millions of Americans through your app stores, and it collects massive troves of sensitive data about those US customers.
TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, which is obligated by Chinese law to abide by the PRC’s surveillance requests and is a party to the Communist Party of China “According to Carr’s letter.
BuzzFeed News revealed last week that ByteDance personnel headquartered in China had routinely accessed information regarding US TikTok users.
According to the research, developers in China had access to US data between September 2021 and January 2022 as evidenced by leaked audio from more than 80 internal TikTok (owned by ByteDance) sessions.
Due to its enormous data collection and Beijing’s ostensibly unrestricted access to such sensitive material, TikTok clearly creates an unacceptable national security risk “Carr said.
Google and Apple have not yet responded to Carr’s letter.
TikTok’s methods regarding user data have frequently raised questions.
A TikTok spokesperson responded to the most recent scandal by saying that the business wants to dispel any concerns over the security of US user data. The representative was cited as adding, “That’s why we hire specialists in their disciplines, continuously work to confirm our security standards, and bring in renowned, independent third parties to test our defences.
TikTok was banned in India in 2020 due to national security concerns, and both former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden have highlighted worries about the short video app’s relationships with China and how it affects the data of US users.
India had blocked the app, as well as numerous other Chinese-owned apps, claiming national security concerns.
TikTok recently announced that it has relocated the data of its US users to Oracle servers located within the nation. The firm stated in a blog post that it has “moved the default storage location of US user data” to Oracle and that “100% of US user traffic” is now housed by the cloud provider.
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