Colorado Politics: The federal government and more than a dozen states are taking a hard look at TikTok amid growing concerns the ownership structure of parent company ByteDance could leave Americans’ personal data vulnerable to the Chinese government.
The concerns over TikTok, which was banned by the Trump administration in 2020 from being installed on federal government devices, center on national security and data privacy. The White House in 2020 said the app’s terms of service allows it to share data with ByteDance, and by extension, the Chinese government.
A Trump executive order claimed: “This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.”
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