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Japan lawmakers to urge govt to put curbs on TikTok use

Chinese-owned mobile video app TikTok, known for its ability to create short videos, has raised national security concerns in different countries over its handling of user data. (Shutterstock)
Chinese-owned mobile video app TikTok, known for its ability to create short videos, has raised national security concerns in different countries over its handling of user data. (Shutterstock)
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29 Jul 2020 04:07:10 GMT9
29 Jul 2020 04:07:10 GMT9

Lawmakers from Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party have decided to push for steps to restrict the use of Chinese-owned mobile video app TikTok, concerned that user data may end up in the hands of the Chinese government, public broadcaster NHK said.

A group of lawmakers led by former economy minister Akira Amari made the decision at a meeting on Tuesday and plan to submit a proposal to the government as early as September, NHK reported on Tuesday evening.

TikTok, owned by Beijing ByteDance Technology Co, is facing scrutiny in the United States over concerns that China could force the company to turn over its user data. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said this month action was imminent to address national security risks posed by TikTok.

TikTok has said that it has never provided user data to China and that it would not do so if asked.
The app is also under scrutiny in Australia over potential risks to data privacy, while in India, it was banned in late June along with 58 other Chinese-origin apps considered a threat to national security.

Reuters

 

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