TikTok launches project to convince West it’s not spying for China
Chinese social media app TikTok is continuing its campaign to convince Western countries that it is not a threat to users’ privacy or cyber security.
The campaign, sometimes referred to as “Project Clover,” aims to convince European regulators that sufficient oversight is in place domestically to ensure user data is not being passed on to the Chinese government.
The White House said a fix for TikTok was in the works, but did not say whether the service would be banned.
TikTok is currently in the process of setting up two European data centers – one in Ireland – reportedly to separate the continent’s collected information from Chinese systems. The company also promises to hire a third party to oversee its European sector.
“Project Clover” echoes the US-focused “Project Texas,” which promises to offer the federal government some oversight of domestic data collection.
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The Project Texas proposal alone is worth more than $1 billion, the Observer reported.
The app’s parent company, ByteDance LTD, is required under Chinese law to share its data with the Chinese Communist Party whenever requested.
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Because of this responsibility. TikTok has been banned For use on government-owned electronic devices in many states across the country, as well as at the federal level, due to cybersecurity concerns.
On Wednesday, Congress voted to give President Biden the power to ban TikTok, while TikTok also said that every account held by a user under the age of 18 will have a default 60-minute daily screen time. .
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White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre told reporters the same day that the federal government was working on a solution for TikTok, though she would not say whether the social media service would be banned.