In a recent Twitter post, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr urged Google and Apple to remove TikTok from their respective app stores. Last week, a letter was addressed to the company CEOs requesting that TikTok be banned for violating store policies.
The request was made in response to recordings from 80 TikTok meetings that revealed Chinese programmers had frequently accessed US customer data. According to the commissioner, “it is not merely an app for sharing funny videos or memes.”
He stated that:
“At its core, TikTok functions as a sophisticated surveillance tool that harvests extensive amounts of personal and sensitive data,”
He also added that:
“It collects search and browsing histories, keystroke patterns, biometric identifiers, draft messages and metadata, plus it has collected the text, images, and videos that are stored on a device’s clipboard.”
Carr did give a substantial amount of information in support of the claim that the Platform is accessing and storing data that poses a national security risk to the United States. The FCC Commissioner has given Google and Apple until July 8 to remove TikTok or provide an explanation for why persons from China are accessing sensitive US user data.