One of the members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), sent letters to Google and Apple demanding the withdrawal of TikTok (Android, iOS) from their app stores. Brendan Carr said on his Twitter that he was concerned that the app, owned by Chinese ByteDance, could provide the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with access to US data.
TikTok is not just another video application.
This is the clothing of the sheep.
It collects a range of sensitive data that new reports indicate are being accessed in Beijing.
– Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) June 28, 2022
“TikTok is not what it looks like on the surface. It’s not just an app to share funny videos or memes. “This is sheep’s clothing,” Carr said in his letter. “At its core, TikTok functions as a sophisticated surveillance tool that collects large amounts of personal and sensitive data.”
And on Twitter, the FCC commissioner wrote: “He (TikTok) is releasing biometrics, face recognition, voice printing, browsing history, patterns of how people press keys, location information. “What we do know is that if the PKK gets all this data, they have all kinds of goals that they can achieve.”
The letter requires companies to give him statements by July 8 if they do not remove TikTok from their app stores.
In a statement to CNBC, a social media spokesman said: “Like many global companies, TikTok has engineering teams around the world. We use access controls, such as encryption and security monitoring, to protect user data, and the access approval process is overseen by our US-based security team. “TikTok has consistently asserted that our engineers in countries outside the United States, including China, can access U.S. user data as needed under these strict controls.”