FCC pushes Google and Apple to ban TikTok over security concerns

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TikTok was last under investigation in 2019.

The Washington Post says that the U.S. Federal Communications commissioner has requested Apple and Google to delete the TikTok app from their respective stores due to worries that users’ data may be accessed in China.

Brendan Carr, the commissioner, sent letters to Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google, and Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple. TikTok’s Chinese ownership has been a source of controversy, and it also “harvests swaths of sensitive data that new reports reveal is being viewed in Beijing,” according to the concern.

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Short films are featured in the social media app TikTok, which is available on some of the top Android phones.

In a recent article, BuzzFeed News discovered that ByteDance, the parent firm of TikTok, had staff in Beijing who had access to user data on many occasions.

Due to TikTok’s huge data and Beijing’s ostensibly unrestricted access to that data, Carr concluded that the app presents an unacceptable national security danger. But it is obvious that TikTok violates the rules that both of your companies require every app to follow in order to remain available on your app stores due to its pattern of behavior and misrepresentations regarding the unauthorized access that individuals in Beijing have to sensitive U.S. user data.

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Apple, Google, and TikTok were contacted by Android Central for comments, but none arrived in time for the article.

According to The Washington Post TikTok declined to comment, but the business pointed the media to earlier statements in which it said it would “gladly engage with lawmakers to set the record right” in regards to the BuzzFeed allegation.

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Recent coverage by BuzzFeed demonstrates that TikTok is doing precisely what it promised: resolving concerns about staff working outside of the United States having access to U.S. user data. As we work to address both location and access to data, we have been open and loud about our work in this area. We’re happy that all traffic from American users is now directed to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and we’re still working to implement more security measures for American data so that our community may rest easier.

The last time the business faced a threat to national security was in 2019, when U.S. officials contacted ByteDance with identical worries.

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