Another Ban On TikTok in The USA
In the US state of South Dakota, government employees are banned from accessing China’s video sharing platform TikTok from government-owned devices.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem made a statement on the subject.
The statement pointed out that TikTok is a growing threat to national security, allegedly collecting data for the Chinese Communist Party.
“South Dakota will not be part of the intelligence-gathering operations of nations that hate us.” In the statement, it was emphasized that the Chinese Communist Party used the information obtained from TikTok to manipulate the American people.
It was informed that the said access ban will come into effect immediately.
DATA POLICY CAUSES CONCERN
The change in TikTok’s privacy rules has worried many countries.
User data on TikTok has been opened to access from outside the country. Some of the employees that TikTok gives access to work in China.
The privacy update has come under scrutiny by authorities around the world, including the United Kingdom and the United States, amid concerns that data could be passed on to the Chinese government.
Earlier this week, a US official called for the practice to be banned in America.
TikTok said the policy applies to “European Economic Area, UK and Switzerland”.
Elaine Fox, the company’s head of privacy in Europe, stressed that only certain employees have this permission. TikTok’s European and US data are excluded from China.
TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, underlines that the Chinese government does not have access to the data on the platform and they are an independent institution from the state.
TikTok said in a letter to US senators in July that non-sensitive data could be taken out of the country.
The new security policies will take effect from December 2.
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