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Tuesday, 16 August 2022 01:16 GMT

According to CEO, TikTok does not provide data from US customers to China


(MENAFN) TikTok, a short-form video platform, has lately made headlines for giving over data to China. Shou Zi Chew, the company's CEO, has said that they have never given the Chinese government any information about US people.

In a letter spoke to nine Republican Senators, the CEO of TikTok said that they know "we are among the most scrutinized platforms from a security standpoint, and we aim to remove any doubt about the security of US user data".

Chew furtehr highlighted and stated, "We have not been asked for such data from the CCP (Chinese Community Party). We have not provided US user data to the CCP, nor would we if asked."

The letter was drafted in response to BuzzFeed News reporting that Chinese-based workers of internet firm ByteDance had routinely accessed data on TikTok customers in the US market.

Engineers in China had access to US data between September 2021 and January 2022, according to the report, which cites stolen audio from more than 80 internal TikTok (owned by ByteDance) sessions.

TikTok has a project named "Project Texas" that was designed in collaboration with the US government to limit data access.

"The broad goal for 'Project Texas' is to help build trust with users and key stakeholders by improving our systems and controls, but it is also to make substantive progress toward compliance with a final agreement with the US government that will fully safeguard user data and US national security interests," according to Chew.

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