TikTok au bord de l'interdiction aux États-Unis

TikTok au bord de l’interdiction aux États-Unis

TikTok au bord de l'interdiction aux États-Unis

Tiktok could soon be inaccessible to its more than a hundred million users in the u.s., after the u.s. house of representatives wednesday voted to pass a law forcing the app to be sold by its chinese parent company or face a stateside ban.

national security concerns over user data

much like other social media apps, including those owned by u.s. companies, concerns abound over the vast amount of personal user data collected by tiktok’s beijing-based parent company, bytedance, posing a national security threat.

potential implications of a sale

under the proposed legislation, bytedance would have six months to divest tiktok or face a nationwide ban. would a sale solve the issue? not entirely, but it would mark a step in the right direction, according to cybersecurity experts.

“it would only solve the first problem, which is the accessibility of americans’ data to chinese authorities,” ivan tsarynny, a cybersecurity expert, told cbs moneywatch.

still, a new owner of tiktok could illegally transfer users’ data to the chinese government, according to tsarynny. “we’d have to make sure every person who has access to tiktok’s data on americans is accessing it for the right reasons, and is not part of a covert operation,” he said.

security risks and data privacy concerns du Tiktok

it’s well known that even u.s.-owned social media companies, which are only loosely regulated, pose security risks. “any company that collects this amount of sensitive, personal information from this many americans is going to pose data privacy and security risks,” said caitlin chin-rothmann, a researcher at the center for strategic and international studies.

“a sale would solve the question of ownership, but wouldn’t necessarily make personal information any safer,” she added.

the challenges of a potential deal

a deal to sell tiktok could be challenging, according to experts. “any company that buys tiktok is going to have to be very well-resourced, very wealthy, and will need a strategic interest in purchasing tiktok without raising antitrust concerns around mergers and acquisitions,” chin-rothmann said. “there’s a good chance a deal wouldn’t go through.”

president biden has said he will sign the bill if it passes the senate, but it remains to be seen whether a nationwide ban of the hugely popular app — if it came to that — would be possible. previous efforts to do so have been blocked by legal challenges and concerns over free speech.

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