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According to the leaked audio, TikTok’s Chinese parent company had access to US users’ data for months, while US employees themselves had no access.
Audio sourced by BuzzFeed News covers over 80 internal Meetings on TikTok between September 2021 and January 2022. This showed that US employees were not allowed to access user data and instead relied on Chinese employees, according to BuzzFeed.
TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is required by Chinese law to share its data with the Chinese Communist Party upon request.
“As we have publicly stated, we have engaged world-class internal and external security experts to help us strengthen our data security efforts. This is standard industry practice given the complexity of data security issues,” TikTok said in a statement to Business. Inside Friday.
“In May, we created a new in-house US Data Security (USDS) department led by the US-based to provide greater control and management of data security in the US. The creation of this organization is part of our ongoing effort and commitment to strengthening our data protection policies and protocols, further protecting our users, and building confidence in our systems and controls,” the statement said.
The video-sharing app has been heavily scrutinized by US politicians and especially Republicans with their Chinese roots.
Former President Donald Trump signed an executive order to ban the app in the US in 2020, but President Joe Biden the ban came into effect shortly after taking office.