After India, the United States seems to be taking strict action against a world-widely popular app named TikTok.
In recent interviews with the media, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, said- “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.” Source: NDTV.
Soon after India banned it, the Trump administration started working on the security check of the app and considered the decision to ban the Chinese app as wise.
Witnessing all these circumstances, TikTok has decided to sell itself to the technology giant ‘Microsoft’ and other companies. This decision was announced after President Trump said that they would be taking strict action against the app.
As per the reports, President Trump will make a decision based on the security review performed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States or CFIUS.
At present, a technology-savvy panel is examining ByteDance’s owned app Musical.ly as well. This app seems to be similar to TikTok.
A lawyer representing companies in CFIUS reviews, John Kabaelo said- “It is well established at this point that apps that have granular access to user data and location and other sensitive personal data are very much on the radar of CFIUS and can cause significant national security concerns,” Source: Money Control.
One of the security experts said that TikTok collects similar types and amounts of data as any other social media account does. On the other hand, the Director of Security Intelligence Research at Lookout, Christoph Hebeisen, said- “if the parent company is Chinese, which it is in this case, they are under Chinese security law.” Source: Money Control.
Further, he added- “I don’t think it is a stretch to think if China wanted to access that data they would have a means to do so.” Source: Money Control.
At present, TikTok has been used by more than 800 million people throughout the world.
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Source: money control