TikTok: China claims it never asked companies to hand over data collected abroad [VIDEO]

China has said it is not asking companies to provide it with data obtained abroad, at a time when its TikTok app could be banned in the United States .

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China said on Friday that it “never” asks companies to hand over data collected abroad, as calls are mounting to ban the app TikTok in the United States over national security concerns.

The famous short video platform – in the hands of the Chinese group ByteDance – that is all the rage among young people is accused of giving Chinese authorities access to data from its users around the world. Tiktok denies this information.

Its chief executive, Shou Zi Chew, underwent intense questioning on Thursday from Republican and Democratic US congressmen who fear Beijing could use TikTok for spying and data gathering.

Beijing on Friday rejected these accusations, insisting that it “attaches great importance to the protection of private data.”

China ‘s government “has never asked and will not ask companies or individuals to collect or release data from foreign countries in a way that violates local law,” Mao Ning, a spokeswoman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a news conference. External relationships.

“The United States government has not yet presented any evidence that TikTok poses a threat to national security,” it added, criticizing its “unacceptable attacks” against the platform.

The White House, the European Commission, the Canadian and British governments, and other organizations have recently banned their officials from using TikTok on professional devices.

At the center of the controversy is a 2017 Chinese law, which requires local companies to hand over personal data relevant to national security to the authorities that request it.

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TikTok is owned by the Chinese group ByteDance, which has a similar but different app for China .

On Thursday, Chew had to admit that some Americans’ personal data was still subject to Chinese law , but he insisted that this would soon change.

The person in charge promised that by the end of the year, all this information, linked to the 150 million American users, would be managed solely by servers of the Texan group Oracle, located in the United States.

ByteDance had acknowledged in November that staff in China could have access to European user data.

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