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Why do so many governments call for deleting and banning Tik Tok?



Calls to delete or block the short video app (TikTok) are still ongoing from governments of countries around the world, due to concerns that the developer (ByteDance) company may allow the Chinese government to use the application as a way to collect user data and process it, which would pose a threat to national security in these The country.

As the Indian government last week banned the app with 58 other Chinese apps, the United States is also considering banning the app along with other Chinese social media apps, and the Australian government is investigating the app and instructing Defense Department personnel not to use the app on their phones.

What are the reasons for these governments to delete and ban the Tik Tok app?


The app does not provide the type of data it collects:


Tik Tok is supposed to collect the same data that other social media applications collect, but the problem with the data collection mechanism in the Tik Tok application according to many digital security experts is that much of this data is collected in an unclear way.

(Matthew Warren), professor of cybersecurity at RMIT University: “What happens when you install an app like Tik Tok, is that you give it permission to access your microphone, camera, and contacts and it is necessary to make the app, but this is also where things get foggier, where there is suspicion that the app can also collect your location data and the app is likely to collect information about other apps in your mobile phone. ”

In this regard, a Reddit user says that he analyzed the mechanism of the Tik Tok application and found that it collects much more data than other applications, where he said: “Tik Tok is a data collection service that appears as a social networking site, and if you find a gap in the programming interface of any application that allows For him to collect information about you or your contacts, this application exploits this data. ”

The published post also contained a technical explanation of the type of data stored in Tik Tok and the ways in which the application prevented users from refusing to collect their data via the application, and the post also highlighted that the application is trying to prevent you from knowing how much data it collects about you.


Chinese app:


According to Fergus Ryan analyst, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the main thing that distinguishes Tik Tok from other apps is the fact that it is owned by a Chinese company, adding: “A lot of apps that people use, including social media apps, collect a huge amount of data about their users, and the permissions you require are often too many. ”

“But the thing that makes the Tik Tok application different, is that it is from China, and this places it within the scope of a certain legal authority, which means that due to a set of different national security laws in China, there is no specific law that prevents Chinese authorities from using the user data that they keep Application developer ”

“This means that when Chinese intelligence agencies want, for example: to look at this data, there is no law that stands in the way, unlike companies in the United States, that can reject any government instructions that violate the privacy of their users, and this simply cannot It happens in China. ”

Artificial Intelligence War:


The Chinese company (ByteDance), which develops the application of Tik Tok in the field of artificial intelligence mainly, uses such applications to collect data and analyze it to enhance its work, and for that, it collects as much information as possible and it is a top priority.

Then we find that social networking applications, such as: Tik Tok and Facebook, often exceed the limits when it comes to collecting user data and violating the users ’privacy, but it seems that Tik Tok application does this intentionally by focusing on collecting as much data as possible with instructions from The Chinese government to achieve its goal of outperforming the United States in the field of artificial intelligence.
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