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As part of a wrongful dismissal suit filed in May, Yintao Yu, the former head of engineering for ByteDance’s U.S. operations, alleged that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has "supreme access" to all the company's data, including data stored in the U.S.
Last week, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued a £12,700,000 fine on TikTok for "a number of breaches of data protection law, including failing to use children’s personal data lawfully."
At today's press conference, officials of China's Ministry of Commerce provided comments on a potential TikTok sale to a U.S. company, trade with the United States, China's trade negotiations, and two state visits with foreign leaders.
Social media platform TikTok is facing major new regulatory hurdles this week, as the European Union, Canada and the United States announced bans of TikTok on official devices.
In a letter sent last week, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) wrote to Treasury Secretary and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) Chair Janet Yellen about concerns with TikTok.