In recent years, we’ve learned about Chinese-made technology being used by their government to collect data from users around the world. This has compelled many countries (including the U.S.) to restrict the sale of these products. But a new alarming trend is growing, one involving popular apps used by millions. Now, the secretary of state is getting involved.
Do you love your phone? You probably do. What do you love about it? Probably all the amazing things you can do with it, especially those amazing social apps that you use to keep in touch with friends and family. But few of us can ignore the tremendous threat to our privacy smartphones pose to our daily lives. Social networks like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter gobble up tons of data about what you do, think, and like.
Most people worry about the implications of what American big tech companies can do with that data. But would you like to know that other groups are just as eager to take your personal information? And we’re not talking about our buddies in the U.S. government. Nope, we’re talking about the Chinese Communist Party itself.
Popular apps, particularly among young people, are made and run by China. That includes various social media apps, as well as TikTok—an app wildly popular among teenagers. It’s come to light that these apps, run by Communist-controlled companies, are harvesting untold amount of data from Americans.
Now, Secretary of State Pompeo might be putting an end to it.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that the United States is looking into restrictions or bans on Chinese social media apps such as TikTok and urged people to avoid downloading the TikTok app unless they want to hand information over to the CCP…
“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you, the United States will get this one right too, Laura. I don’t want to get out in front of the president, but it’s something we’re looking at.” [Source: Breitbart]
Chinese company Huawei has been all but banned from the United States, after it was discovered the manufacturer might have been stealing data from users. The same can be said of Chinese company ZTE. But apps like TikTok might be even more dangerous, as they can run on any phone, regardless of manufacturer.
Pompeo urged Americans not to download TikTok, if they don’t want their private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party. This is a magnitude worse than what Google or Facebook might learn about you. American companies want to harvest your data, just to put better ads in your face.
But what does the Chinese government want with millions of American users’ personal information? That’s pretty troubling to say the least.
For now, Pompeo has not announced a ban on apps like TikTok. But you better be sure the State Department, and other agencies, are hard at work investigating. At the very least, they can advise companies like Apple and Google—who host these apps on their marketplaces—to set new privacy standards. That way, people can continue to enjoy these apps, while being assured they are not stealing their data.
But until that happens, Americans are probably better off deleting them from their phones.