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They leaked audios of Tik Tok meetings: they accessed private data of US users from China

According to leaked audio, Tik Tok employees in China had access to private data of US users (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)
According to leaked audio, Tik Tok employees in China had access to private data of US users (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)

filtered recordings over 80 tik tok meetupswhich revealed that company employees in China accessed private information of American users. This despite the fact that, according to previous statements by the company about its privacy policy, the data of users from the United States (USA) are stored in their country of origin and not in the Asian country.

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According to the portal that spread the news, buzzfeedin the leaked audios, nine workers declared that the engineers had access to the information at least between September 2021 and January 2022. In addition, testimonies have revealed that US collaborators had to communicate with their colleagues in China to obtain information about the circulation of North American user data.

Donald Trump, former US president, tried to eliminate the use of Tik Tok in the country (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)
Donald Trump, former US president, tried to eliminate the use of Tik Tok in the country (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)

It should be remembered that the former president of the United States, donald trumptried curb the use of the application in the countryDue to the suspicion about what ByteDancethe matrix of Tik Tok, accessed the information of American citizens and shared it with the Chinese government.

Given the concern of the US government, Tik Tok promoted the so-called “Texas Project”for stop the flow of information from North America to Asia. In fact, a large part of the recordings are related to the fulfillment of this action plan.

After the arrival of Joe Biden to the presidency, the situation became less complicated for the company, because the current president took a more flexible position. However, the app’s privacy policy remains a matter of political interest, as Biden ordered a evidence-based analysis to address the risks that represent the applications under foreign control.

TikTok’s response

Tik Tok announced that the information of users from the United States is currently stored in that country (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)
Tik Tok announced that the information of users from the United States is currently stored in that country (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)

Before the news was released, the company published an official statement in which it accepted that formerly the information of US users was stored in its data centers, located in that country and in Singapore. However, he explained that as a result of the negotiations that began with the company Oraclecurrently the information is stored in the United States.

“Nowadays, 100% of US user traffic goes to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. We still use our US and Singapore data centers for backups, but as we continue our work we hope to remove US users’ private data from our own data centers.”

In the message they also detailed that they recently established an exclusive department to manage the data of American users. According to Tik Tok, these operational changes will “further minimize the transfer of data outside of the United States.”

Tik Tok is still in negotiations to determine what information will be protected (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)
Tik Tok is still in negotiations to determine what information will be protected (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration)

Nevertheless, buzzfeed He noted that negotiations to determine what information will be protected continue. So far, it is known that possibly some of the protected data are phone numbers and birthdaysbut others like public profiles and posted videos might not be under this protection.

It should be noted that, according to the statistical portal Statisticalin 2021 the app had 78.7 million users in this nation and it is estimated that it will increase approximately 8% annually. In this sense, the indications estimate that at the end of the year 2022about 84.9 million of people in the US will use this social network.

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