Two US senators So-called TikTok a Chinese surveillance toolIssuing a Bipartisan warning as the Biden government weighs a Deal that would allow the video-sharing app to continue operating in the US

“It’s not just the content you upload to TikTok but all the data on your phone, other apps, all your personal information, even facial imagery, even where your eyes are looking on your phone,” Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton stated that “Fox News Sunday.” TikTok is “one of the most massive surveillance programs ever, especially on America’s young people,” He stated.

The app is “an enormous threat,” Mark Warner, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee a Virginia Democrat, spoke on the program. “All of that data that your child is inputting and receiving, is being stored somewhere in Beijing,” He stated.

President Joe Biden’s administration is You are looking a Security agreement TikTok To save it a Trump’s predecessor Donald Trump had also proposed a ban in the USA. China-based app is still a popular choice for data leakage, according to critics. ByteDance Ltd

Two influential Republican lawmakers, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Representative Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, said this month they’re introducing legislation to ban TikTok From use in the US and criticized Biden’s administration for Not enough action.

FBI Director Christopher Wray reiterated the bureau’s national-security concerns last week, telling a House panel that potential Chinese government access to users’ data or software is There are many reasons to be “extremely concerned.” 

TikTok Skepticism is drawn to security proposal

Administration is Weighing a Proposal to Allow TikTok to continue to operate in the US — where it has millions of mostly young users — under ByteDance ownership. The agreement would see US user traffic routed through servers managed by Oracle Corp., with the US-based database giant auditing the app’s algorithms.

TikTok Shou Zi Chew, Chief Executive Officer of the company, stated last week that is Project Texas is an initiative that I am currently involved in. isolate sensitive data It will only be accessible to American employees. The effort was described by he at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum (Singapore) as “extremely difficult and expensive to build,” However, it is aimed at American officials. 

TikTok Although he claimed that some employees from the US could access American users’ information, he denied that it. is Shared with the Chinese government

Warner expressed doubt, saying that the code was not clear to him. for The app is Written in China and serves its purpose primarily a “broadcast medium” That could be used as leverage to persuade app users to agree with them on contentious issues, such as Taiwan. Cotton renews advice for Americans can delete the app and even obtain it deleted. a new phone. 

“The Justice Department is trying to come up with a solution,” Warner stated. “I’m going take a look at that solution, but they’ve got a huge mountain to climb.”

— With assistance by Todd Shields

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