Brendan Carr, delegate of the Federal Communications Commission of the United States (FCC), sent a clear message to the companies Apple and Google, requesting that they remove TikTok from their application stores for , according to him, "its pattern of hidden practices in the treatment of personal data”.
“TikTok is not just another app. That is your facade. I have contacted Apple and Google to have them removed from their respective stores," read Carr’s official Twitter.
According to the US official, TikTok collects search and browsing histories, keystroke patterns, biometric identifiers, message drafts and metadata, in addition to saving the text, images and videos that are stored on a device.
Carr also noted that bipartisan leaders, both in the Senate and the House, have raised concerns on this issue, as the national security of the United States could be involved.
|TikTok is in the sights of the United States authorities. - Photo: Getty Images|
Given the problems raised and to generate more confidence among users in that country, the social network said that Oracle will store all the data of its American members, in a bid to allay fears about its security in the hands of a platform owned by ByteDance in China. “We will continue to push our goal of limiting the number of employees who have access to user data and the scenarios in which data access is enabled,” TikTok chief information security officer Roland Cloutier said in a statement. blog post featured by the company.
The announcement came as the popular short-video-sharing service defended itself against concerns about the ability of engineers in China to access US users’ information that is not public. ByteDance employees have repeatedly accessed information about US TikTok users, according to a Buzzfeed report citing leaked audio of internal TikTok meetings.
It’s common for some engineers at internet companies to have access to data, and TikTok said it’s trying to minimize that kind of system privilege. TikTok has been adamant that it has never handed over US user data to Chinese officials and would refuse if asked. At the end of last year, TikTok revealed that it had one billion users worldwide.
Twitter also in trouble due to user data issues
The US Department of Justice announced that Twitter will pay a fine of 150 million dollars to resolve the lawsuit for providing private data of its users to advertisers. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice accused Twitter of taking phone numbersand email addresses provided by users to increase the security of their account and letting advertisers use this data to monetize.
“Twitter obtained user data under the guise of exploiting it for security purposes, but then ended up using the data to target users with ads,” commission chair Lina Khan said in a statement.
The personal information that users give to technology companies, and how that data is used, is a recurring front of conflict between regulators and powerful companies like Meta, parent of Facebook, Twitter and others.