FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr wrote to Apple and Google on Tuesday, requesting the businesses to take away TikTok from their app shops for “its sample of surreptitious knowledge practices.” This comes after BuzzFeed News reported final week that TikTok’s employees in China had entry to US-based customers’ knowledge up till January.
“As you already know TikTok is an app that’s obtainable to hundreds of thousands of Individuals by your app shops, and it collects huge troves of delicate knowledge about these US customers. TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance — a company that’s beholden to the Communist Social gathering of China and required by the Chinese language regulation to adjust to PRC’s surveillance calls for,” Carr mentioned in a letter addressed to Sundar Pichai and Tim Prepare dinner.
“It’s clear that TikTok poses an unacceptable nationwide safety danger as a result of its in depth knowledge harvesting being mixed with Beijing’s apparently unchecked entry to that delicate knowledge.”
After BuzzFeed Information printed its report, TikTok quickly went on the defense and introduced that it’s transferring all US customers’ knowledge to Oracle servers located within the nation. It specified that the corporate nonetheless makes use of its personal US and Singapore-based servers for backup. However sooner or later, it expects to “delete U.S. customers’ non-public knowledge from our personal knowledge facilities and totally pivot to Oracle cloud servers situated within the U.S.”
“We’re additionally making operational modifications in step with this work – together with the brand new division we just lately established, with US-based management, to solely handle US person knowledge for TikTok,” the corporate added.
TikTok’s person knowledge practices have come underneath suspicion many instances. In 2020, India banned TikTok over national security concerns, and each former President Donald Trump and the current president Joe Biden have raised questions concerning the quick video app’s relations with China and the way it impacts US customers’ knowledge. Whereas Trump proposed an outright ban on TikTok or an option of selling its US business to a local buyer, Biden proposed new rules that can give extra oversight on apps with ties to “jurisdiction of overseas adversaries” which will pose nationwide safety dangers.
We have now reached out to TikTok, Apple, and Google for a remark.