Around 25 senior US congressmen (parliamentarians) wrote a letter to President Donald Trump to ban TikTok and other Chinese apps for being high national security risks. Praises India’s move to ban Chinese apps.
“United States should not trust TikTok or any other Chinese-affiliated social media websites or apps to protect Americans’ data, privacy, or security. As such, we urge you to take strong action to stop the CCP’s sophisticated espionage campaign against our country and protect our national security,” they added in the letter.
Demands to ban Chinese apps in US is rising, since india banned 59 Chinese apps over security concerns.
However, TikTok defended its security practices in a statement, saying: “We are fully committed to protecting our users’ privacy and security.
“TikTok has an American CEO, a Chief Information Security Officer with decades of US military and law enforcement experience, and a growing United States team that works diligently to develop a best-in-class security infrastructure. TikTok US user data is stored in Virginia and Singapore, with strict controls on employee access. These are the facts,” the statement said.
“There are a number of … administration officials who are looking at the national security risk as it relates to TikTok, WeChat and other apps that have the potential for national security exposure, specifically as it relates to the gathering of information on American citizens by a foreign adversary,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters on the security risks due to Chinese apps.
“I don’t know that there’s any self-imposed deadline in terms of action, but I would say that we’re looking at weeks, not months,” he added.
While, TikTok has been fined 186 million Won or roughly $1,55,000 for mishandling children’s data in South Korea, amid growing concerns about users’ privacy.