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FCC Commissioner writes to Apple and Google about removing TikTok – TechCrunch

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr wrote to Apple and Google on Tuesday, urging the companies to remove TikTok from their app stores because of “the pattern of clandestine data practices.” That comes after BuzzFeed News reported last week that TikTok’s China staff had access to US-based users’ data through January.

“As you know, TikTok is an app available to millions of Americans through their app stores and collects huge amounts of sensitive data about these US users. TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance — an organization affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party and obligated under Chinese law to comply with PRC surveillance requirements,” Carr said in a letter to Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook.

“It is clear that TikTok poses an unacceptable national security risk as its extensive data collection is combined with Beijing’s seemingly unaudited access to this sensitive data.”

After BuzzFeed News published its report, TikTok quickly went on the defensive and announced that it would move all US users’ data to Oracle servers in the country. It was stated that the company still uses its own servers in the US and Singapore for backup. But going forward, it expects to “wipe US users’ private data from our own data centers and fully switch to US-based Oracle cloud servers.”

“Consistent with this work, we are also making operational changes — including the new division we recently established with leadership in the US to exclusively manage US user data for TikTok,” the company added.

TikTok’s user data practices have often come under suspicion. 2020, India has banned TikTok over national security concernsand both former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden have raised questions about the short-video app’s ties with China and how that affects US users’ data. while trump proposed an outright ban on TikTok or an option to sell its US business to a local buyerbiden proposed new rules This will give more control over apps with ties to “foreign adversary jurisdiction” that may pose national security risks.

We reached out to TikTok, Apple, and Google for comment.

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