TikTok aims to assuage US security concerns

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Video sharing platform ICT Tac provided Republican lawmakers with a more detailed plan for how it plans to keep its US user data out of reach of its Chinese owner ByteDance.

As The New York Times reported on Friday July 1, the CEO Shou Zi Chew wrote to nine Republican senators explaining that TikTok would run its app from servers controlled by cloud computing giant Oracle, with a third party auditing the machines. Additionally, user information would be stored at Oracle, not on TikTok’s servers.

“We know that we are among the most vetted platforms from a security perspective, and we aim to remove any doubts about the security of US user data,” Chew wrote.

His hugely popular social network has faced concerns from critics about possible national security risks.

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Last month, Brendan Carr, the senior Republican and former general counsel for the Federal Communications Commission, wrote to the CEOs of Apple and Google asking them to stop offering the TikTok app.

The letter, which Carr shared on Twitter on Tuesday, June 28, argued that the app raises new data security concerns and also violates parts of iOS and Android’s App Store policies.

The letter refers to recent reports on leaked records that engineers in China had access to US data between September 2021 and January 2022.

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TikTok has also been part of the growing trend of social commerce, teaming up earlier this year with open-source e-commerce platform WooCommerce in a partnership designed to connect that company’s 3.7 million stores to the most… 1 billion TikTok users.

“Obviously, social commerce is a big part of the evolution of commerce and the future of where people spend their time,” WooCommerce CEO Paul Maiorana said Karen Webster of PYMNTS last month.

“They have the possibility of being influenced by videos on TikTok or other social platforms, by their friends or members of their network, not to mention the advertising which also plays an important role in all these things”, a- he declared.

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