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Tech & Science Google, Apple asked if apps like TikTok must disclose foreign ties

01:26  14 december  2019
01:26  14 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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TikTok , which is wildly popular with teenagers, is owned by the Chinese technology company ByteDance. In a related matter, the Neither Apple nor Google immediately responded to requests for comment. Because of concern about TikTok , which is under scrutiny from the interagency Committee

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a close up of a sign: Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration© Reuters/DADO RUVIC Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chair of a U.S. congressional panel wrote to Alphabet's Google and to Apple on Friday to ask what if any disclosures mobile apps are required to make regarding overseas ties, a concern that follows reports of Chinese investment in popular apps such as TikTok and Grindr.

Rep. Stephen Lynch, chairman of a subcommittee of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, said in a statement that he had asked both Google and Apple to tell Congress whether they required app developers to disclose any non-U.S. ties.

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BENGALURU: Google and Apple have been asked by the government to take down popular Chinese short-video mobile application TikTok from their app In its petition to the Supreme Court last week, ByteDance said it cannot be held liable for actions of third parties on the platform. The app was like

Popular video-based platform TikTok has been facing some legal issues in India for a while and has been finally banned by Google and Apple after a court order. The app is no more available for download on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store for Indian users.

Concern over China acquiring sensitive data about U.S. citizens through social media apps is one of several sore areas in relations between the United States and China even as U.S. President Donald Trump's trade war with China fans suspicion between the world's two largest economies.

TikTok, which is wildly popular with teenagers, is owned by Chinese technology company ByteDance. In a related matter, the Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd has said it would sell popular gay dating app Grindr Inc by June 2020 because of U.S. national security concerns.

"Recent press reports have shed light on allegations that certain foreign companies and developers may be providing sensitive data on U.S. citizens via their mobile applications to their host governments, thereby creating significant national security risks," Lynch wrote in similar letters to Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and Apple's Tim Cook.

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BENGALURU: Indian government has asked Google and Apple to take down popular Chinese short-video mobile application TikTok , said a report by The tech giants were asked to take down TikTok from its app stores by Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology following the refusal

Ban on tik tok app : Social media app removed from Google , Apple app stores. Google and Apple have removed Chinese internet firm Bytedance’s social media app TikTok from the Play Store and App Store following directions of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to do so, after an

"U.S. laws permit mobile applications to collect massive amounts of personal information about their users," the letters said, noting that some of the data is sensitive.

Neither Apple nor Google responded to requests for comment.

Because of concern about TikTok, which is under scrutiny from the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), ByteDance has stepped up efforts to separate the app from much of its Chinese operations.

CFIUS has sought assurances that personal data held by TikTok is stored securely in the United States and will not be compromised by Chinese authorities.

A senior Democratic committee aide noted an FBI warning that apps developed by adversaries such as Russia were potential counterintelligence threats. "It's worth asking whether Russia and China might be manipulating popular applications to gain a national security advantage," the aide said.

(Reporting by Mark Hosenball and Diane Bartz; Editing by Nick Macfie and Daniel Wallis)

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