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TikTok accused of unauthorized access to data of American users

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In the United States, a scandal erupted over the safety of local users’ data in the popular short video service TikTok. TikTok’s Chinese web engineers had access to non-public US user data, according to BuzzFeed News, citing internal conversations among TikTok employees. “In China, everything is visible,” BuzzFeed News quoted a member of TikTok’s security department as saying at a closed-door meeting in September 2021. In another meeting, one of the directors refers to an unnamed Beijing-based web engineer as “general administrator” who “has access to all data.” It is reported that Chinese employees of the company had unauthorized access to user data from at least September 2021 to January 2022. It is from this period that information from TikTok, which was at the disposal of journalists, belongs. TikTok released a statement on the same day in which it did not comment on specific media reports, noting only that “it has always been committed to … .

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