China may utilize TikTok to snoop on users, security intelligence official from Canada warns

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China may utilize TikTok to snoop on users, security intelligence official from Canada warns
China may utilize TikTok to snoop on users, security intelligence official from Canada warns

Since user data “is available to the government of China,” the chief of Canada’s Security Intelligence Service has advised Canadians not to use the video app TikTok.

Canadians should avoid using the video app TikTok, as the head of Canada’s Security Intelligence Service has cautioned, stating that user data “is available to the government of China,” according to a source on Friday.

CSIS Director David Vigneault stated, “My answer as director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is that there is a very clear strategy on the part of the Chinese government to be able to acquire personal information from anyone around the world.”

A TikTok spokeswoman stated, “These assertions are unsupported by evidence, and the fact is that TikTok has never shared Canadian user data with the Chinese government, nor would we if asked.”

In September, TikTok submitted a proposal to extend its short-video app’s operations in Canada, and the country ordered a national security study of the application. According to a source, Vigneault stated he would participate in the review and provide guidance.

“We will continue to engage with Canadian officials and would welcome the opportunity to meet with CSIS to discuss how we protect the privacy and security of Canadians,” said a spokeswoman.

This month, TikTok and its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, filed a new lawsuit in a U.S. federal court, attempting to overturn a bill that President Joe Biden had signed that would have required the 170 million Americans who use the short video app to either ban it or force it to divest.

Biden signed the bill on April 24. ByteDance has until January 19 to sell TikTok or risk being banned. For reasons of national security, the White House has stated that it wants Chinese ownership to terminate, but it does not want TikTok to be banned.

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