TikTok boss heads to the US to address concerns in US Congress

TikTok boss heads to the US to address concerns in US Congress

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will travel to Washington in March to be questioned by the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. The committee wants to know about the privacy of American users, the security of the data collected, and whether the Chinese communist government can do this.

Lawmakers also fear that minors may see “harmful” images or become victims of sexual harassment. The video app has over 100 million users in the US, mostly teenagers.

“We have raised our concerns with TikTok,” said Cathy McMorris Rodgers, chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee. “Now is the time to bring TikTok before the committee and get full and accurate answers.” TikTok says it welcomes the invitation.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee is scheduled to vote next month to ban TikTok use in the US due to national security risks. “Our concern is that this app is giving the Chinese government backdoor access to our phones,” said President Michael McCaul.

spying on journalists

TikTok is a subsidiary of Chinese tech company ByteDance. In December, it was revealed that ByteDance employees were viewing TikTok data from American users, including two Forbes reporters. The business magazine has published several articles on whether TikTok is sharing sensitive user data with the Chinese government.

ByteDance staff obtained this data while investigating a possible leak to reporters from ByteDance. However, no leak was found.

European users

Since the beginning of December, TikTok employees in China have had access to European users’ data. Mathieu Paapst, lecturer on IT and data protection law at the University of Groningen, took into account that this has been possible for some time and that the company wants to fix it by changing its data protection policy.

Pieter Wolters, associate professor of civil law at Radboud University, said at the time that the Chinese government could use the data to make propaganda or blackmail politicians.

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Source: NOS