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TikTok admits Chinese employees can access users’ private data in UK and Europe


TikTok revealed that its employees in China have access to private data from accounts based in the United Kingdom and the European Union.

BBC News reports that TikTok recently revealed to users that employees in China have access to UK and EU account data. The social media company said its “privacy policy” was “based on a demonstrated need to do its job”.

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TikTok admits Chinese employees can access users’ private data in UK and Europe

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Concerns over the ability to provide data to the Chinese government have prompted authorities around the world, including the UK and US, to review the app. This week, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr called for a ban on TikTok in America.

According to Elaine Fox, TikTok’s privacy manager for Europe, a global team has helped keep user experiences “consistent, enjoyable and safe”. Fox further noted that while TikTok stores European user data in the United States and Singapore, “we allow certain employees of our group of companies located in Brazil, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, in Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and the United States remote access to European TikTok user data.

Fox added, “Our efforts are focused on limiting the number of employees with access to European user data, minimizing data flows outside the region, and storing European user data locally.”

She added that this approach was “subject to a series of robust security controls and approval protocols, and through methods recognized by the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)”.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Brendan Carr called for a ban on TikTok in America earlier this week, saying, “I don’t think there’s a way forward for anything other than a prohibition.”

Carr added that there wasn’t “a world in which you could provide enough protection on the data to have enough confidence that it won’t end up in the hands of the [Chinese Communist Party].”

Find out more from BBC News here.

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