Is the data privacy of 700 million Chinese users behind tiktok? Byte bounce response

 Is the data privacy of 700 million Chinese users behind tiktok? Byte bounce response

Recently, the rumor that the data privacy of 700 million Chinese users is behind tiktok has been widely spread in station B. Here, we would like to clarify as follows: tiktok is a short video application for overseas market under byte skipping, which will not involve domestic user data in the product operation process.

We reserve the right to investigate and investigate the legal responsibility for the rumors spread by station B and the relevant creators, which cause public sentiment.

Image source: byte skipping micro headline account

After the tiktok TikTok was threatened to sell and sell to US companies, President Trump signed an administrative order in August 6th to prohibit any US individuals from trading with the TikTok parent companys byte beating. The ban will come into effect 45 days later (September 20th).

The specific content of the administrative order shows that the reason given by the trump administration is that tiktok leaked a large number of user information, while the Chinese government may obtain a large number of users location information, browsing records and search records, etc. from tiktok, all of which pose a threat to the national security of the United States.

However, according to the New York Times reported on the 7th, the evaluation results recently obtained by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and submitted to the White House believe that the Chinese government has not obtained user data from the video app tiktok, which makes a series of recent accusations made by the trump administration against the Chinese government and Chinese applications totally untenable.

Screenshot of New York Times report

Tiktok, as a popular video software in the world, has long been faced with education problems. It is worried that millions of minors and teenagers are addicted to some virus videos in the software. However, when the trump Administration recently made the tiktok operation a political issue, the CIA was asked to assess tiktoks national security issues, and the results were very vague.

According to the report, CIA analysts told the White House a few days ago that although they believed that Chinese intelligence agencies are very likely to access users information through mobile apps, there is no evidence that the Chinese government did.

The New York Times points out that a careful reading of Trumps administrative order against tiktok shows that the text is carefully formulated in terms of future tense and possible. So far, most of the risks brought about by Chinese applications are only at the theoretical level.

In a statement issued on the 7th against the executive order of the U.S. government, it was clearly stated that: the report quoted by the executive order of (the U.S. government) is of unknown or unconfirmed origin, and there is no substantial basis for the concern that this application may be used for false publicity activities.

Lookout is a U.S. company specializing in mobile device security research. After checking the tiktok application, Christoph hebeisen, director of security intelligence research of the company, came to a similar conclusion as CIA: the Chinese government does not seem to have access to the data of American users in this company, but if they really want it, it should not be hard to get it u3002u201d

However, other U.S. intelligence officials still insist that the CIAs assessment does not mean that tiktok is safe or that tiktok is suitable for mobile phones. Some members of Congress are more alarmist that tiktok is not like a software for watching singing and dancing, but more like a monitoring program.

In fact, trump signed two administrative bans on the 6th, one for tiktok and its parent company byte jumping, the other for wechat and its parent company Tencent, and the contents of the bans are basically similar.

Some U.S. government officials said that although wechat is not widely used in the United States, some Chinese software engineers and other high-tech workers in Silicon Valley use it frequently. U.S. government officials claim that these groups use wechat to solve difficult mathematical, software or engineering problems, exchange solutions, and so on. Chinas intelligence agencies can collect these patent data..

Pompeio threatened not only to ban Chinese applications such as tiktok and wechat, but also to ban Chinas submarine cables, Chinese telecom companies that have operated in the United States for many years and Chinese enterprises that store information in the cloud.

Pompeio announced the implementation of the clean 5g path. The picture is from the US State Department

The report also mentioned that the trump governments ban on tiktok and wechat is the most serious since measures were taken last year to prohibit U.S. companies from using Huaweis communication equipment. But the New York Times quoted some intelligence officials as saying that the threat posed by tiktok is dwarfed by the threat made by Huawei.

Mark Warner, a Democratic senator from Virginia and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, made a speech at the Aspen Security Forum on the 6th. Tiktok is a problem, he said, but at the level of the problem, an app that allows users to shoot interesting videos is out of the league..

Warner said Huawei was a deeper concern because it was trying to rebuild the Internet infrastructure by installing equipment and base stations in the US communications system. In the 5G era, these will be the infrastructure for manufacturing, natural gas supply, agriculture and autopilot. In his view, China could theoretically shut down or manipulate these systems if it entered a period of conflict.

Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the foreign ministry, responded at a regular press conference on the 6th that the US governments practice of discrediting China on the Internet issue has no factual basis at all. It is totally malicious slander and political manipulation, and its essence is to maintain its high-tech monopoly.

He pointed out that many Chinese enterprises currently subject to unilateral sanctions by the United States are innocent, and their technologies and products are also safe. There has never been a network security incident similar to Snowden incident or WikiLeaks, nor has there been a network monitoring and monitoring behavior similar to prism gate, formula organization and Echelon system. It is ridiculous that the United States is still talking about cleaning the Internet with its own stains. (observer network)

(function(){( window.slotbydup=window .slotbydup||[]).push({id:u5811557,container:ssp_ 5811557, async:true }Source: Wang Ning, editor in charge of Beijing News_ NB12468