Tiktok provided data of US citizens to China? Here’s What the CEO Said

New Delhi: TikTok CEO Shaw Xie Chew has said that the short-video making platform has never made data of US citizens available to the Chinese government. In a letter addressed to nine Republican senators, the TikTok CEO said he is aware that “we are among the most scrutinized platforms from a security standpoint, and our goal is to remove any doubts about the security of US user data.” To do”. “We have not been asked for such data from the CCP (Chinese Community Party). We have not provided US user data to the CCP, and neither will we,” he stressed.

The letter was written after BuzzFeed News reported that China-based employees of internet giant ByteDance have repeatedly accessed data about US TikTok users. (Also Read: PPF, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, Senior Citizen Scheme, Others: Here’s How Much Interest They Pay)

According to the report, engineers in China had access to US data between September 2021 and January 2022, citing leaked audio from more than 80 internal TikTok (owned by ByteDance) meetings. (Also Read: Over 8,000 Government Officials Promoted By Centre)

TikTok has an initiative called “Project Texas” which was being created in coordination with the US government to restrict data access.

The overarching goal of “Project Texas” is to help build trust with users and key stakeholders by improving our systems and controls, but it is also to make tangible progress toward complying with the final agreement with the U.S. government that provides full access to user data. and the US national security interest,” Chew wrote.

TikTok said it now stores 100 percent of US user data by default in an Oracle cloud environment.

“We are working with Oracle on new, enhanced data protection controls, which we expect to be finalized in the near future,” the CEO said.

In 2020, then-US President Donald Trump threatened to ban TikTok over data privacy and security concerns that the Chinese government could use ByteDance to collect personal information of US users.

TikTok’s “data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party to access the personal and proprietary information of Americans”, Trump wrote in an executive order.

US President Joe Biden rescinded the executive order last year.

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