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Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have your data. Why not China-owned ByteDance's TikTok?

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have your data. The Trump administration said Friday that it would bar two popular Chinese-owned mobile apps WeChat and TikTok from U.S. app stores as of midnight Sunday, escalating the U.S. standoff with China. "Today's actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party," Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. The Trump administration contends the data collected from American users by TikTok and WeChat could be accessed by the Chinese government. "The Trump administration is looking to make sure U.S. TikTok consumer data stays out of Beijing," said Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives.


Facebook Data-Sharing Deals Include China's Huawei -- Under U.S. Suspicion Since 2012

NPR Technology

Facebook's data-sharing deals with device-makers included China's Huawei -- a company viewed with suspicion by U.S. intelligence agencies. Here, an ad for the Huawei P20 smartphone is seen in China last month. Facebook's data-sharing deals with device-makers included China's Huawei -- a company viewed with suspicion by U.S. intelligence agencies. Here, an ad for the Huawei P20 smartphone is seen in China last month. Facebook's longstanding agreements that led it to share users' data with device-makers included Chinese phone-maker Huawei – a company of which the U.S. government has long been suspicious, and which intelligence officials view as a security threat.


IBM boss joins Tim Cook in call for regulation after Facebook breach

Daily Mail - Science & tech

More and more key players in the tech industry are voicing their concerns over the use of personal data following Facebook's massive Cambridge Analytica scandal. Executives from Apple Inc and IBM Corp have called for more oversight on how personal data is used following the consultancy firm's improper use of data, which affected more than 50 million Facebook users. Speaking at the three-day China Development Forum in Beijing, Apple chief Tim Cook said'well-crafted' regulation was required, while IBM Corp chief Virginia Rometty said users should have more agency over their own data. Executives from Apple Inc and IBM Corp have called for more oversight on how personal data is used following the Facebook Inc breach that saw roughly 50 million users' data misused by consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Facebook has come under intense scrutiny from users, lawmakers and investors following allegations from a whistleblower that it allowed British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to improperly use data and build voter profiles that were later used to help elect U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016.