Days after India officially banned 59 China apps citing security issues, countries including the US and Australia are also on the same route. Two most irked countries against China have forever been mulling such a ban owing China’s misuse of data that it collects and this seems to be the perfect opportunity.
The news of the US mulling to ban TikTok was shared by the US, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at,” said Pompeo while speaking with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham.
For the unaware, in China, the National Intelligence Law of 2017 governs all tech companies that are based in China or are under Chinese ownership. As per the law, the Chinese government has all the right to seek whatever data it may like from these companies.
Meanwhile, in Australia, a Federal MP has revealed plans to put TikTok before the Foreign Interference through Social Media senate inquiry over issues of it stealing and sharing the same with the Chinese government.
Tiktok recently has also decided to exit Hong Kong after China imposed the National security law in Hong Kong. After the law was passed many tech companies like Google, Twitter and more said they would stop processing Hong Kong’s government request for user data fearing it would be used by Beijing.
In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” a TikTok spokesman told Reuters. The new law criminalizes “secession, subversion, organization and perpetration of terrorist activities, and collusion with a foreign country.”