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Chinese government could collect ‘worrying’ amount of data through TikTok app

Liberal Senator James Patterson says Beijing has access to data from the popular social media app TikTok, even though parent company ByteDance claims it’s kept safe.

Paterson said the leak to BuzzFeed by a TikTok whistleblower came to light, but the app claimed its users in Australia, the US, and the UK to keep their data safe in the US and Singapore. This was not true.

“We learned that it had been accessed and repeatedly accessed in mainland China,” he told Sky News host Peta Credlin.

“What is even more concerning is not only is our data accessible in China, but also knowing how much data is being collected through the app.”

Patterson said the report revealed that China collects users’ location information, entire contact books, hard drive contents, photos, videos and calendars.

“There are so many things, including Wi-Fi login history that the app’s functionality doesn’t need, that you really have to wonder why they collect it,” he said.

Chinese government could collect ‘worrying’ amount of data through TikTok app

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