TikTok nears resolution of US security issues with Biden administration

TikTok said on Monday it was getting closer to resolving national security concerns pressed by the Biden administration, after years of federal scrutiny over allegations that the video platform handed over Americans’ personal data to the China.

“We will not comment on the details of confidential discussions with the US government, but we are confident that we are on track to fully satisfy all reasonable national security concerns of the United States,” a TikTok spokesperson said. in a press release.

The Biden administration and TikTok have reportedly signed a preliminary agreement to allow the popular video app to continue operating in the United States. The deal would require data security and governance changes at TikTok without forcing its China-based owner ByteDance to sell TikTok, according to The New York Times.

TikTok has come under intense scrutiny from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which examines national security risks to companies with input from federal departments and White House officials. .

National Security Council and Treasury Department officials declined to comment on CFIUS’ handling of TikTok.

TikTok has faced increasing pressure to change its US operations since 2020, when former President Donald Trump issued an executive order to block transactions involving the platform, which would have prevented the app from being distributed. from TikTok via Apple and Google’s app stores.

President Biden revoked Mr. Trump’s executive order and replaced it with his own, which created a new risk assessment framework on connected software applications.

Earlier this year, leaked audio from more than 80 internal TikTok meetings showed engineers in China had access to US data between September 2021 and January 2022, according to recordings obtained by BuzzFeed.

TikTok said earlier this year that no US data had ever been shared with the Chinese government. The company also touted its partnership with US tech firm Oracle to formulate data management plans that TikTok said Oracle would audit.

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