Cyber Expert Alerts Lawmakers About TikTok’s Most TERRIFYING Feature
(TruthandLiberty.com) – Ahead of the November midterm elections, some lawmakers began using the controversial social media platform TikTok in their political campaigns. On Wednesday, August 17, the House of Representatives Chief Administrative Officer, Catherine Szpindor, issued an advisory warning to legislators recommending they avoid the popular app. She said the site could put users’ privacy at risk.
Beijing-based company ByteDance owns TikTok. Szpindor said the organization lacked transparency regarding the protection of customer data, required excessive permissions to use the platform, tracked users’ GPS, and could be a security risk for lawmakers. Additionally, the report stated the social media entity collects biometric data, including faceprints and voiceprints it obtains through videos uploaded on the site.
'HIGH-RISK': House officer warns members of Congress not to use TikTokhttps://t.co/F2FNFnuVWq
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) August 17, 2022
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr (R) stated the Chinese Communist Party requires the popular social media application to comply with surveillance demands. TikTok responded to Szpindor’s warning, saying it wasn’t accurate and she should rescind it. Vice President for Public Policy in America, Michael Beckerman, emphasized the company uses Oracle Cloud in the US, which he insisted would delete all personal information from its data centers. The spokesperson denied the platform obtains face and voice data and stated the GPS locations it collects are approximate.
In 2020, virtually every Democrat voted for a proposal that’s now law in the defense policy bill, prohibiting government employees from using TikTok on federal government devices.
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