TikTok was requested to be removed from Google and Apple’s respective app stores by an FCC commissioner on Tuesday the 29th. It has now been confirmed that some employees of the Chinese company have access to US consumer data.
The American government’s interest in the Chinese social network was sparked by the emergence of some information suggesting that it may be spying on American users’ personal information.
ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok, has stated that some of its employees have access to the information, but must first undergo a series of security procedures and approval protocols. Additionally, the entire process is overseen by a security team headquartered in the United States.
In a letter to Apple and Google, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr stated: “It is clear that TikTok poses an unacceptable national security risk due to its extensive data collection combined with Beijing’s seemingly uncontrolled access to this sensitive data,”
Change is promised by TikTok.
TikTok’s creators have pledged to alter their security protocols in order to safeguard the privacy of their users while also upholding the highest standards of American national security. Using Oracle’s new security methodology, the company hopes to avoid future bans.
ByteDance, the company behind TikTok, has a headquarters in the United States, but the social network still processes data on servers in Singapore. All data pertaining to US users will be deleted once an agreement with the FCC has been finalized and all data will be stored on Oracle servers located only in the United States, according to TikTok.