China accessed data of US TikTok users repeatedly



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The Chinese parent company of TikTok had access to American users' data for months even while U.S. employees did not have access themselves, according to leaked audio.

The audio, obtained by BuzzFeed News, covers more than 80 internal meetings at TikTokbetween the months of September 2021 and January 2022. It showed that U.S. employees were not permitted to access user data and instead relied on Chinese employees to do so, according to BuzzFeed.

TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, is required under Chinese law to share its data with the Chinese Communist Party whenever requested.

"As we've publicly stated, we've brought in world class internal and external security experts to help us strengthen our data security efforts. This is standard industry practice given the complexity of data security challenges," TikTok said in a statement to Business Insider on Friday…….

 

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