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US considering TikTok ban: Why some countries are scared of this service?

Author : 112.ua News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

The service was already blocked in India, Australia is also considering the possibility of blocking it. And this idea seems to be gaining more and more popularity
13:15, 9 July 2020

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The US is considering blocking TikTok. This information has been voiced by various media for a long time, and now, it was confirmed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the comments for FoxNews.

At the same time, Pompeo noted that he advises using this application "only to those who want their personal data to be in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party."

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Interesting facts

If the United States decides to block TikTok, they would not be the first here. Previously, the service was already blocked in India, Australia is also considering the possibility of blocking it. And this idea seems to be gaining more and more popularity.

What is TikTok?

TikTok is a service for creating and watching short videos that was launched in the summer of 2018 in China. It belongs to the Beijing ByteDance company.

Since its inception, the service has become one of the fastest growing and most downloaded applications in the world.

Today, TikTok has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, Jakarta, Seoulб and Tokyo.

The app has reached more than a billion downloads from 150 countries. And now a number of countries want to block it. Why?

Why some states block TikTok?

The network is suspected of illegally collecting personal data.

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Back in February 2018, in the United States, TikTok was convicted of illegally collecting data for children under 13 years old without the consent of their parents. Developers have got a $ 5.7 million fine. But this was only the beginning.

At the end of December 2019, the U.S. Army imposed a ban on the use of TikTok for its employees, since U.S. authorities suspected the application of stealing user data.

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In January 2020, the use of TikTok on office devices was banned by employees of the State Department and the US Department of Homeland Security.

Even India banned TikTok

In June 2020, the service was included in the list of 58 Chinese applications that the government considered "violating the territorial integrity of the country." And it was banned.

In the near future, it might be banned in Australia

At least there is now actively discussing such an opportunity; the service is accused of spying on users' personal data.

At the same time, the application has already been banned in the Australian Defense Forces. Regarding the general ban in the country - according to Herald Sun, the government is going to appeal to the Chinese asking for the opportunity to study the platform.

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EU has already begun verification

In early June, the Data Protection Committee initiated a TikTok check for illegal collection of users' personal data.

A working group was created for this purpose, the purpose of which is "coordination of further actions and development of a wider vision of TikTok's work in the EU."

How exactly does TikTok spy?

It is important to emphasize that so far all this is just suspicion. Programmers and ordinary users of the service note that the new version of iOS, which was released at the end of June, allows you to view how programs use personal data.

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One of the hackers came to the conclusion that the application collects passwords, phone numbers, birth dates and names, information about other applications, even already deleted, information about Internet activity, IP addresses, Wi-Fi access points. The app also fixes the location every 30 seconds.

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