China could be accessing personal data of TikTok users in the United States

President Donald Trump threatened at the time to ban TikTok in the United States


TikTok announced that it began redirecting the data traffic of all its US users to Oracle servers located in the country in such a way that the information is well protected.

However, there is a fear that the company’s employees in Chinese territory may have access to the information of American users. Fear arises from a report of BuzzFeedNews in which they point out that during the last months Chinese workers have been able to access the information of American users on multiple occasions.

According to information obtained by BuzzFeed News, which includes conversations between TikTok employees themselves, some of them said that they have sometimes asked their Chinese colleagues to access information from American users.

“In China they see everything” and “they have access to everything”, were some of the phrases used by the workers themselves.

This is not the first time that the handling of US user data by the Chinese application has been discussed, something that has already caused criticism from multiple actors in the past.

An example of this was the threat to block TikTok in the United States carried out a few years ago by the then president, Donald Trump. His words sought pressure ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok, to separate its operations in the United States and China.

On that occasion, Trump warned that the fact that the Chinese government could have access to the information of American citizens could end up representing a threat to the national security of the United States.

“For more than a year, we have been working with Oracle in several measures as part of our commercial relationship to better protect our application, our systems and data safety of US users. Uu today, 100 % of traffic of US users are routed to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure,” said Albert Calamug, head of security and public policy for TikTok US.

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