FCC officer urges Apple and Google to remove TikTok app

FCC officer urges Apple and Google to remove TikTok app

Brendan Carr, one of the heads of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said he has reached out to Apple and Google to get the TikTok app removed from stores. He justified his position with problems with data security and the Chinese origin of the service.

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Image source: antonbe / pixabay.com

Own requirement Commissioner Carr set this out in the form of a letter addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. The June 24 document mentions various reports and investigations that TikTok is not complying with the policies of both app stores. The service is marked as “a sophisticated monitoring tool that collects large amounts of personal and sensitive data”.

The letter also said companies that refuse to remove TikTok apps from their stores must provide Mr. Carr with written explanations of the reasons by July 8 “Secret access by Beijing residents to US users’ private and confidential data, combined with misleading statements and actions, does not violate any app store policies”.

A TikTok spokesman issued a response statement: “We know we are one of the most rigorously vetted platforms and we are committed to eliminating any doubts about user data in the US. That’s why we employ experts in our fields, constantly work to validate our security standards, and engage reputable, independent third parties to test our defenses.”. Recently, the company reported on the localization of American users’ personal data – it was placed in Oracle’s cloud infrastructure.


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Robbie Elmers

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