FCC commissioner advises U.S. government to ban TikTok citing data security concerns

One of the FCC commissioners is advising the U.S. government to ban TikTok, citing significant data security protection concerns.

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Speaking to Axios, FCC Chairman Brendan Carr said he doesn’t “believe there is a path forward for anything other than a ban,”.

He added that there isn’t “a world in which you could come up with sufficient protection on the data that you could have sufficient confidence that it’s not finding its way back into the hands of the [Chinese Communist Party],”.

Previously in June, Carr had sent letters to both Apple and Google asking them to remove apps from their respective stores that might have data flowing back to China.

Brendan Carr is one of five FCC commissioners and the FCC has no authority to regulate TikTokdirectly. 

However, TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese parent company, ByteDance, hit back at Carr.

TikTok said that “Commissioner Carr has no role in the confidential discussions with the U.S. government related to TikTok and appears to be expressing views independent of his role as an FCC commissioner,”.

Adding that TikTok is “confident that we are on a path to reaching an agreement with the U.S. Government that will satisfy all reasonable national security concerns.”

Currently, the company has been in negotiations with the Council on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) to determine if divestment from ByteDance to an American company is possible.

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