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United States Privacy Digest | FCC commissioner calls on Apple, Google to remove TikTok from app stores Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, Aug. 19, 2022

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  • U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr called on Apple and Alphabet to remove TikTok from iPhone and Android application stores in the country, calling it “a sophisticated surveillance tool that harvests extensive amounts of personal and sensitive data,” Fortune reports. In a letter to the companies, Carr said TikTok collects data including browsing histories, biometric identifiers, location data, and content stored on a device and the platform should be removed from app stores over its “pattern of surreptitious data practices."
  • Six Republican U.S. senators wrote to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen asking about TikTok’s data processing practices, MediaPost reports. Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Mike Braun, R-Ind., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Todd Young, R-Ind., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., claimed “serious (national) security risks” are posed by parent company ByteDance’s China-based employees being able to access private U.S. user data, which came to light after a report by BuzzFeed News. Following the report, TikTok said all U.S. user data would be stored on Oracle servers.
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