TikTok ban is closer than it’s ever been following the Tuesday introduction of a bill This would allow the Biden administration easier access control to popular video-sharing app.
Bipartisan billThe legislation, which was led by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), would give the Secretary of Commerce authority to act. ban If they pose a risk to the US national security, foreign technology and companies are prohibited from operating in the US. You can still use the website. TikTok It is not specifically named in the bill text, the measure covers companies in adversarial countries including China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, and Venezuela.
“Today, the threat that everyone is talking about is TikTok, and how it could enable surveillance by the Chinese Communist Party, or facilitate the spread of malign influence campaigns in the U.S. Before TikTok, however, it was Huawei and ZTE, which threatened our nation’s telecommunications networks,” Warner made the statement in a Tuesday statement. “We need a comprehensive, risk-based approach that proactively tackles sources of potentially dangerous technology before they gain a foothold in America, so we aren’t playing Whac-A-Mole and scrambling to catch up once they’re already ubiquitous.”
It bill This comes right after an additional proposal which singled out TikTok
It bill It creates an official process for government agencies. “deter, disrupt, prevent, prohibit, investigate, or otherwise mitigate” Services they find threatening, provided they have the ability to access them “sensitive personal data” From more than 1,000,000 US residents. That could potentially mean forcing American companies — including app store operators like Apple and Google — to cut off relations with TikTok Similar entities. These entities are called the bill Also, the Commerce secretary is available with a handful of lesser tools To mitigate risks, such as the power to forcibly companies to sell services.
Warner bill It comes only days after the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a separate measure restricting access to TikTok. The Deterring America’s Technological Adversaries Act, or DATA Act, would direct President Joe Biden to sanction or ban TikTok If it determined that the US government shared user data with Chinese individuals,
Do not like the House bill, Warner’s Senate measure would create a framework for evaluating and punishing foreign companies that pose a risk to US security, rather than simply targeting TikTok A company.
“We shouldn’t let any company subject to the Chinese Communist Party’s dictates collect data on a third of our population – and while TikTok is just the latest example, it won’t be the last,” Senator Michael Bennet (D–CO), is a cosponsor. billIn a Tuesday statement, he said. “The federal government can’t continue to address new foreign technology from adversarial nations in a one-off manner; we need a strategic, enduring mechanism to protect Americans and our national security.”
Response to Warner bill, TikTok Brooke Oberwetter spoke out in favor of the move. “The Biden Administration does not need additional authority from Congress to address national security concerns about TikTok: it can approve the deal negotiated with CFIUS over two years that it has spent the last six months reviewing,” Oberwetter stated in a statement that The Verge Tomorrow is Tuesday.
TikTok It has suggested that ByteDance be used to block most US operations.
TikTok It has denied repeatedly that US data is stored in China. Federal officials are concerned about this. These claims, and the promises of limiting safety risks have not been met with any success. The company is currently in talks with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States in order to continue operating in the US for longer than three years.
Monday: TikTok official presented a keynote detailing Project Texas, the company’s most substantial effort to mitigate foreign threats to US data. It would close off large swathes of the country. TikTok’s US operations from ByteDance, its Chinese parent company. Larry Ellison’s Oracle would play a role in auditing American data flows.
“We appreciate that some members of Congress remain willing [to] explore options for addressing national security concerns that don’t have the effect of censoring millions of Americans. A U.S. ban on TikTok is a ban on the export of American culture and values to the billion-plus people who use our service worldwide,” Oberwetter said.
TikTok Shou Zi Chew, CEO of China Airlines, is scheduled to make an appearance before Congress This month, a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing will be held.