FCC commissioner Remove TikTok

FCC commissioner Want to Remove TikTok from Apple and Google Play Stores

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FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr wants Apple and Google companies should remove TikTok from their app stores. He sent letters to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai on 24th June in this regard. In the letters, he mentioned that if the companies do not delete TikTok from their app stores, then they will have to explain the reasons. The last date for response will be 8th July.

He says that he is concerned about national security because ByteDance from China is the owner of TikTok. He fears that TikTok actually works as a surveillance tool and that users’ data can be compromised. There are also reports by BuzzFeed News that ByteDance accessed the data of U.S. TikTok users many times. 

He also added that TikTok does not comply with the app policies of Apple and Google. So, he wants TikTok to be removed from the app stores.

Leaked audio from the internal meetings of TikTok is also available. From the audio, one can judge that China has access to all user data from the period September 2021 to January 2022.

However, TikTok denied the allegations of unauthorized data access completely. It also said that there is no truth in the report by BuzzFeed News. But BuzzFeed News firmly stands by its report.

TikTok says that users’ data is totally secure and encrypted. It has various engineering and security monitoring teams all across the world. The U.S. security team takes care of all the access to U.S. users’ data. Even the engineers located outside the U.S. need the permission of TikTok’s U.S. team to access the data if required. So, there are no chances of unauthorized access.

TikTok has announced that the U.S.-based users’ data has been migrated to the cloud servers of Oracle and these servers are in the U.S. Also, it will delete any backup data remaining on its own servers.

But Brendan Carr does not trust TikTok at all. He says that the statements given by TikTok do not ensure that data is totally safe and cannot be accessed outside.

However, the FCC does not possess any rights to control any services based on the internet, including app stores. The U.S. government also tried earlier to put a ban on TikTok but could not succeed. The ban also had to face a challenge in court. 

Let us see if the FCC succeeds in its ban campaign against TikTok or not.

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