TikTok may face ban because of data access issue in Europe

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TikTok has released an official statement that some of its employees in China and other continents can now access data of customers using the app in Europe. And this might push the video sharing application on to the verge of being banned on the entire continent.

Chinese staff of the firm claim to use the access power of European user data for research and development purposes. They also assured that the information will strictly ensure the smooth functionality of the application, unlike for other malicious purposes.

But as per the latest GDPR rules that came into effect in May 2018, companies willing to operate in Europe should abide by certain rules that mandatorily direct them to maintain generated data strictly on the soil of the European Continent.

So, with the latest revelation that TikTok data of those using in UK and other parts of the said continent will be accessible to foreign staff of the company, there is a high probability that the firm can face a penalty or even a ban on a permanent note.

NOTE 1- In the year 2019, Donald Trump, the Ex-President of the United States, expressed his concerns over the use of the TikTok app by his country’s populace. He banned the app as the data was being used by the Chinese state for fraudulent practices- a serious threat to national integrity.

NOTE 2- Thus, with the latest official announcement, the issue might again get highlighted and might force the Biden administration and the leaders of all other European nations to impose a ban on the usage of the app on a direct note.

 

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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