Chinese software companies doing business in the United States could be feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party. This represents a true national security risk. President @realDonaldTrump has said: enough. pic.twitter.com/qxWytPvtE7— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 6, 2020
The New York Times reported on Friday after White House has taken steps to ban the app in the US over national protection and privacy concerns. CIA concluded "no evidence" that the chinese intelligence authorities have ever had access to TikTok 's data.
CIA analysts concluded that TikTok data is available to China because China is owned by the Chinese technology company ByteDance, but according to the New York Times there is no evidence to have done so.
Instead of accusing China of taking Tik Tok 's information on U.S. users the Trump administration has warned that China might track federal employee sights, create challenging records of personal information and use TikTok 's data to carry out corporate spying, if it wanted to.
The law of 2017, which mandates Chinese companies "to support, assist and cooperate with State intelligence in compliance with this legislation," worries the US legislators in particular.
On Friday, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) stated that TikTok is an issue, but is a threat not as pressing as Huawei, Chinese telecoms company which produces 5G network equipment.
Trump signed an executive order on Thursday night that effectively prohibits TikTok and weChat social media app within 45 days without being sold to US companies.
This move was part of a wider White House effort to create a "clean network" to deplete Chinese enterprises from US telecommunications and Internet infrastructure.
Human rights groups and media outlets found evidence that China uses technology to domestically track Uighur Muslims and censor the internet, adding to US concerns that China might abuse data.
However, some noted a degree of hypocrisy since U.S. intelligence agencies have developed supervisory skills and profit firms have provided Americans with a range of privacy-contracting apps, Sam Biddle wrote in the Intercept.