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TikTok’s forced sale won’t lessen global privacy concerns over personal-data use
14 August 2020 00:00
TikTok has taken the world by storm, with the video-sharing app’s appeal among teenagers making its Chinese owner, ByteDance, into a global tech player. But there’s trouble brewing, with concerns mounting over TikTok’s use and storage of personal data, along with fears that the Chinese government could gain access to that data. Now, US President Donald Trump has told the ByteDance that it must either sell TikTok or shut down the app entirely. Microsoft has emerged as a leading candidate to buy at least part of the company, but that won’t be enough to put to rest global privacy concerns over TikTok’s data use.
07 August 2020 12:04 by Nicholas HirstMicrosoft’s planned purchase of TikTok won't likely face the antitrust resistance that seems to meet all Big Tech acquisitions in the EU these days.
China's Internet platforms may face more lawsuits over data processing as court supports damage claims06 August 2020 01:58 by Xu YuanRecent rulings against Chinese social media platforms TikTok and WeChat for their data-processing practices is sending an encouraging signal to users.
TikTok may be able to escape its current dispute with the US, but the video-sharing app will still be facing regulatory headwinds around the globe.