FCC commissioner asks to remove TikTok from app stores for security reasons

FCC chief urges Google and Apple to remove TikTok from its app stores over data security concerns.

Carr also demanded that Google and Apple provide statements to this effect by July 8.

You can read Carr’s full TikTok statement below:

HuffPost has reached out to TikTok, Google’s parent company Alphabet and Apple, for comment.

“Like many global companies, TikTok has engineering teams around the world,” TikTok stated. “We use access controls such as encryption and security monitoring to protect user data, and the access approval process is overseen by our US security team. TikTok has consistently maintained that our engineers outside the US, including China, can be granted access to user data in the US as needed under these strict controls.”

BuzzFeed News, owned by the same parent company as HuffPost, said in a statement that it stands by its reporting.

Earlier this month, TikTok announced that it plans to migrate U.S. user data from servers in Virginia and Singapore to the Oracle cloud platform. CNN reported. However, it is not yet clear when these servers will be “deleted” as data is migrated to Oracle.

TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance have come under fire in recent years for data security. The Trump administration has tried to ban TikTok from app stores over questions about its security. A federal judge’s decision blocked those efforts in 2020. It is reported by CNN.