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TikTok is storing data in China, contrary to former claims

2023-06-08 18:52 by


US officials have long insisted the Chinese government may be able to view the personal information of TikTok users - but that claim was purely speculative. Until now.

In what appears to be a first, a former employee of ByteDance, TikTok's Beijing-based parent company, has outlined specific claims that the Chinese Communist Party accessed the data of TikTok users on a broad scale, and for political purposes.

"Protesters', supporters', and civil rights activists' device identifiers were tracked in addition to their network information, SIM card identifications, and IP addresses," Yu said in the filing lodged this week in a San Francisco court.

"This information was used to determine both the users' identity and locations. The TikTok app stores all the users' direct messages, their search histories, the content viewed by the users, and duration. From the logs, I saw that the Committee accessed the protestors', civil rights activists', and supporters' unique user data, locations, and communications."

ByteDance's TikTok, which has 150 million users in the U.S., has already been under intense governmental scrutiny in Washington due to security concerns, with some lawmakers even proposing a ban on the app. China's national intelligence law allows the CCP to pull data upon request from companies based in the nation. TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew has testified before Congress and denied that China has access to the subsidiary social app's user data.

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