Two US senators are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate TikTok for “repeated misrepresentation” about how it uses US user data.
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The senators, in their joint letter, called for an investigation due to “apparent deception by TikTok” and suggested the app misrepresented corporate governance practices, data security and data handling.
TikTok Vice President Michael Beckerman wrote in a statement on Tuesday that engineering teams at companies “around the world,” including those in China, “may need access to data for engineering functions. engineering specifically related to their roles”.
“This access is subject to a series of robust controls, safeguards such as encryption of certain data and authorization approval protocols overseen by our US-based management/security team.”
Last month, TikTok announced that it would move its US user data from servers based in Virginia and Singapore to a cloud platform, CNN reported.
The calls for an investigation come after several years of TikTok’s data security concerns and an attempt by the Trump administration to ban TikTok from app stores in 2020.
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