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TikTok Won’t Vow to Stop Sharing US Data to China – CNN

The chief operating officer of TikTok declined to tell US lawmakers on Wednesday “that the short-form video app will cut off flows of US user data to China”


The debate about access to TikTok user's data continued in the Us Senate on Wednesday.
A senior TikTok executive sparred with senators on Wednesday on whether US users' data could be accessed in China. She said the company is working to appease US government concerns. File photo: Reuters.

 

Vanessa Pappas, the chief operating officer of TikTok, declined to tell US lawmakers on a Senate panel on Wednesday “that the short-form video app will cut off flows of US user data to China”, according to a report by CNN on Wednesday, which said the company promised instead that talks with the US government would satisfy national security worries.

US concerns about user data being sent to China and possibly used to undermine US interests were reinvigorated by a Buzzfeed news report in June based on a leaked meeting audio, that said employees from TikTok’s parent company ByteDance had accessed US user data many times, the report said, adding that TikTok acknowledged this but said cybersecurity controls were overseen by a US-based security team, and that the group was working with its partner Oracle to appease US government concerns.

Read the full report: CNN.

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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