TikTok may be collecting data from users…? Federal Communications Commission asks Google and Apple to remove TikTok

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Last Updated on 06/30/2022 by てんしょく飯

 

The Federal Communications Commission has asked Google and Apple to remove TikTok from their app stores, citing the possibility that TikTok, a short video service popular mainly among young people, is collecting confidential information from its users.

 

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The request to remove the TikTok app

Brendan Carr, director of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a U.S. government agency with licensing authority over U.S. television, radio, and other businesses, recently announced on Twitter that he had sent letters to Google and Apple requesting that they remove the TikTok app from their respective app stores. The reason for the removal request, he said, is that “the Chinese side is secretly collecting data on American users.”

 

In his letter to Google and Apple, he asks that they remove the TikTok app by July 8, and if they don’t, to explain why.

 

TikTok is not just a video app,” Carr wrote.

Carr’s move appears to have been prompted by a recent BuzzFeed News report on TikTok, which revealed that TikTok employees in Beijing have repeatedly accessed U.S. user data in more than 80 internal meetings.

 

In his letter to Google and Apple, Carr wrote, “It is clear that TikTok’s extensive data collection and access to data from Beijing pose an unacceptable national security risk to the United States.

 

It remains to be seen how Google and Apple will deal with the situation.

 

 

 

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