Despite increased requests from government members to investigate
TikTok's links to China, TikTok's senior security officer will resign in
This idea of replacing Roland Cloutier as Chief Security Officer
was not made because of worries about data privacy, a TikTok
representative informed the Wall Street Journal.
What Led Him To Take This Step?
The U.S. government is again looking into the popular video app
TikTok after a high-ranking supervisor and a group of politicians raised
worries about the service's potential threat to national security.
Following a document signed by nine Republican U.S. legislators,
including Roy Blunt of Missouri and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, the
corporation answered Friday. As a result of a "backdoor access" revelation, the
letter raises worry about the firm.
It was revealed that TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew and the Biden
administration are working together to "completely secure user information and
U.S. national security concerns" in response to the concerns of the senators
from both parties.
Chinese workers may access TikTok U.S. customer data "subject to
several sophisticated cybersecurity safeguards and authorized
clearance mechanisms monitored by our U.S.-based security team," according to
an eight-page letter collected by the New York Times and made public.
However, TikTok aims to "remove U.S. users protected information
from our servers and completely pivot to Oracle cloud servers based in the
United States." At the same time, it continues to work on data concerns.
Chew said in the letter that "we are aware that we are one of the
most investigated platforms from a security viewpoint, and we seek to erase any
question regarding the protection of U.S. user data."
This Monday, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, a Republican nominated
by former President Trump, announced that he had contacted Apple and Google to
remove TikTok from their play store. His reasoning: The software gathers user
data that might harm the safety and security of the United States.
To Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai, Carr wrote, "It is not simply an
app for posting humorous videos or memes. This is the wolf in sheep's clothes." Google refused to comment on the matter. Seeking comment from The Verge was not returned by Apple.
They were sent after BuzzFeed reported that TikTok's parent
business, headquartered in China, had been accessing "non-public data" on
American users "repeatedly." According to leaked audio from business meetings,
Chinese engineers allegedly discussed having access to U.S. information between
September 2021 and January 2022.
ByteDance, the parent organization of TikTok, has been in the news
recently due to worries over the company's financial health. In the United
States, TikTok highlights several significant problems, including:
What exactly are people worried about when it
comes to the TikTok app?
ByteDance, the parent firm of TikTok, may be able to share data on
Americans obtained via the application with the Chinese government, which is a
worry for some U.S. authorities. They are concerned that this information may
be used against Americans. In principle, China might use the data to develop
profiles and monitor individuals, track their behavior, and target them
specifically. There are high chances that the stolen information may be
aggregated and utilized against America.
Disinformation campaigns, for example, might be used to undermine
the United States government.
No, this will never happen, says TikTok time and time again.
So what has the U.S. administration done to alleviate concerns?
The Trump administration ordered ByteDance to sell TikTok in 2020,
but the deal hasn't yet taken place. Many government-issued cellphones and the
military in the United States have been blocked from using the software.
The Biden administration is investigating TikTok security issues. The Council on International
Investment is examining these issues in the United States, a collection of
government agencies responsible for approving foreign acquisitions of U.S.
businesses. As per TikTok's letter, the corporation is already trying to
alleviate concerns from the United States authorities.
Is there a danger?
No, I doubt it. Despite a 2020 New York Times piece claiming
otherwise, CIA officials said that Chinese intelligence agents might have
intercepted TikTok data. As with any social media network that collects user
data, such as Facebook during the 2016 and 2020 election cycles, the data might
be abused by any third party to generate misinformation campaigns, as we've
seen with other networks, such as Twitter.
National security agencies and legislators have long warned about
the dangers of allowing Chinese technology businesses to operate in the United
States since, by law, Chinese companies operating inside China might be obliged
to share data with the communist state. They're not the only ones. The usage of
Huawei and ZTE, two Chinese telecom giants, has already been prohibited by the
U.S. government. There are fears that China may be able to employ Chinese
telecom service providers in the U.S. to
spy on American persons or launch cyberwarfare against the United States.
Is there any way to know what information
When you use TikTok, the app records your I.P. address, time spent
looking at various things on the app's interface, and other personal data like
this. It also gathers device I.D.s so marketers can monitor your interactions
with them. Your mobile-based social network connections may be harvested if
you permit them. As a result, this application, known as "Tiktok, "gets access
to your user-generated material, including movies and photos you upload.
TikTok, like other social media sites, makes use of this data to
provide you with relevant content to keep you logged into the app. Tumblr and
Facebook both marketing and promotion to make money, so TikTok uses user data
to fine-tune its ad campaigns, making them more effective.
or sell user data. The business warns that this data may be stored or processed
on servers or centers outside the United States. According to the company, some
third-party companies with which it shares data may be situated outside the
TikTok has launched a reassurance campaign for
An Oracle-hosted cloud service is being used to store all of
TikTok's US-based customer data as of June 17. It is used to keep U.S. citizen
data in the United States and a backup in Singapore. However, this was no
longer the case. According to the company's statement, the private data of U.S.
consumers would ultimately be deleted.