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Americans Want Facebook and TikTok Banned Over Privacy Concerns

Online privacy is a concern for many users, and a new survey suggests people are most wary of Facebook and TikTok.

According to a recent survey conducted by WhistleOut, 85 percent of respondents believe that at least one tech company is currently spying on them. At the head of the list are Facebook (68 percent) and TikTok (53 percent), who many believe to be breaking privacy laws. TikTok especially has seen a recent tide of hate as a Chinese company in possession of American user data.

Source: Americans Want Facebook and TikTok Banned Over Privacy Concerns | PCMag

TikTok unclear on how old EU data will be transferred to new Irish data centre

TikTok has admitted that it will not retroactively transfer all EU personal data to its new data site in Ireland when the facility is completed next year, in a decision that could provoke concern among data protection activists in Europe.

The company currently stores EU personal data at sites in the United States and Singapore, but has plans to construct a €420 million site in Ireland in 2021, as a means to allay some of the worries related to the transmission of personal data from the EU, to countries with less stringent data protection regimes.

Source: TikTok unclear on how old EU data will be transferred to new Irish data centre – EURACTIV.com

US bans WeChat and TikTok

On September 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced detailed sanctions relating to the mobile applications WeChat and TikTok.

These prohibitions were issued in accordance with President Trump’s Executive Orders issued on August 6, 2020, imposing economic sanctions against the platforms. These orders, if they become fully effective, will (1) prohibit mobile app stores in the U.S. from permitting downloads or updates to the WeChat and TikTok mobile apps, (2) prohibit U.S. companies from providing Internet backbone services that enable the WeChat and TikTok mobile apps; and (3) prohibit U.S. companies from providing services through the WeChat mobile app for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments to or from parties.

However, U.S. Department of Commerce has suspended its prohibitions relating to TikTok downloads and updates for seven days (until September 27).

Source: Department of Commerce Notices on Prohibited Transactions Relating to WeChat and TikTok

Data Privacy Increasingly a Focus of National Security Reviews

Oracle’s bid to partner with TikTok app may not be a standard-issue business deal, but it’s increasingly the sort of arrangement that undergoes a national security review.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday that the Oracle bid would be reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., a national security panel that is best known for reviewing outright foreign takeovers of U.S. companies.

The Oracle deal, by comparison, involves an arrangement with TikTok to move data on American users to Oracle’s cloud-computing infrastructure in the U.S. to prevent it from being shared with the Chinese government.

Source: Data Privacy Increasingly a Focus of National Security Reviews – WSJ

Oracle Enters Deal with TikTok to be “Trusted Tech Provider” to the U.S

Oracle, of the nation’s largest data brokers, has confirmed a deal with TikTok’s parent company ByteDance to become a “trusted technology provider” to the U.S.

The U.S. government previously raised concerns about the protection of user data collected by the popular video sharing app, especially given the power of the Chinese government to obtain data from TikTok.

Source: Oracle Enters Deal with TikTok to be “Trusted Tech Provider” to the U.S

TikTok, WeChat & Co: How does spyware get into smartphones?

TikTok, WeChat and thousands of other apps from China look harmless but are, in fact, malware, experts say. The apps cleverly disguise their origin. How can we protect ourselves from them?

Many apps seem innocuous and harmless to start with. At first, there is only a small back door that an attacker can use later. “Even if you look at the app now, and it is only doing harmless things, the Chinese manufacturer is often able to extend the functionality at runtime,” says founder and CEO of the IT security company CIROSEC. “All of a sudden, the app does completely different things without having been updated somewhere from the app store.”

Source: TikTok, WeChat & Co: How does spyware get into smartphones? | Science| In-depth reporting on science and technology | DW | 27.08.2020

Data Commissioner assessing TikTok plans to establish data centre in Ireland

The popular short-video app plans to open its first European data centre in Ireland by 2022, following moves by other big tech companies in recent years.

TikTok must be assessed to see if the company meets the criteria needed to avail of the same One Stop Shop (OSS) data processing mechanism currently given to other tech giants such as Facebook.

Source: Data Commissioner assessing TikTok plans to establish data centre in Ireland

TikTok is being investigated by France’s data watchdog

A French data protection authority (CNIL) now has an open investigation into the TikTok. CNIL investigates how the app handles user data in May 2020, following a complaint related to a request to delete a video.

Complaint-triggered investigation into TikTok has since widened to include issues related to transparency requirements about how it processes user data; users’ data access rights; transfers of user data outside the EU; and steps the platform takes to ensure the data of minors is adequately protected — a key issue, given the app’s popularity with teens.

Source: TikTok is being investigated by France’s data watchdog | TechCrunch

TikTok found to have tracked Android users’ MAC addresses until late last year

Until late last year social video app TikTok was using an extra layer of encryption to conceal a tactic for tracking Android users via the MAC address of their device, which skirted Google’s policies and did not allow users to opt out.

Analysis found that this concealed tracking ended in November as U.S. scrutiny of the company dialed up, after at least 15 months during which TikTok had been gathering the fixed identifier without users’ knowledge.

Source: TikTok found to have tracked Android users’ MAC addresses until late last year | TechCrunch

TikTok, WeChat Bans Not Crucial to US Security, Experts Say

The US bans on Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat are not particularly valuable for US security, but could step up broader commercial pressure on Beijing and help President Donald Trump appear tough as he seeks reelection.

WeChat ban especially, experts say, actually harms a large number of Chinese Americans, US-based Chinese, and businesses working with China, all for whom the app is essential to communications.

Source: TikTok, WeChat Bans Not Crucial to US Security: Experts | SecurityWeek.Com

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