TikTok Responds to User Data Concerns “National Security Risk” – Deadline

TikTok is the latest social media platform under scrutiny from US lawmakers, with Republican senators and a regulator both claiming the app poses a national security risk.

the guard reports that nine Republican senators sent a later message to TikTok this week in response to a Buzzfeed report last month alleging that employees of ByteDance (TikTok’s parent company) were accessing US users’ private data from their workplaces in China.

the guard adds that a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has also asked the chief executives of Apple and Google to remove TikTok from its app stores while the matter is pending.

TikTok responded to the senators’ letter, confirming that the company is working with the Biden administration on an agreement that would “fully protect US user data and national security interests,” according to a copy of the letter seen by Reuters.

TikTok’s chief executive Shou Zi Chew wrote that ByteDance was working with US cloud computing company Oracle on “new advanced data security controls that we hope to finalize in the near future.”

The company’s letter acknowledged that China-based employees “may have access to TikTok user data in the US.” However, it argued that access is subject to “robust cybersecurity controls and authorization approval protocols overseen by our US-based security team.”

TikTok has quickly become one of the largest social networks in the world. In September 2021, it reported one billion monthly active users worldwide, a growth of 45 percent compared to the previously reported figure of 689 million in July 2020. Experts estimate the company’s worth between $50 and $75 billion.