US senators seek to ban federal employees from the use of the TikTok is on their phones

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Republican senators on Thursday introduced a bill aimed at prohibiting federal employees from using the Chinese social media app, TikTok is on their government-issued phones, and amid growing national concern over the safety of the collection and sharing of data relating to users in the united states with the chinese government.

FILE PHOTO: A TikTok logo will be displayed on a mobile device, in this figure, the 6 of January by the year 2020. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Illustration

The bill passed by the Senate, Josh Hawley and Rick Scott, comes as a different U.S. agencies that deal with national security and intelligence issues, including the State Department and the u.s. Department of Homeland Security is prohibited by the use of the app.

It’s also a last-ditch attempt to have the charge at technology companies, by Hawley, who has been repeatedly struck by the big tech companies, and is a very thoughtful and aggressive approach to the question of the technical executives at congressional hearings.

“TikTok, it is owned by a Chinese company with the Chinese Communist y, members of the board, and it is required by law to share information of the user, using Beijing,” Hawley said. “I, like many of our federal agencies have already been acknowledged TikTok is a serious threat to the safety and security of the United States of america, and it has no place in the government of devices,” he added.

The app is rapidly growing in popularity among AMERICAN teens, and it allows users to create short videos. About 60% of the TikTok is 26.5 million monthly active users in the United States are between the ages of 16 and 24, the company said last year.

In November, the U.S. government has launched a national security review of TikTok’s owner, Beijing ByteDance Technology Co. 1 billion takeover of U.S. social media-the app

TikTok is on the defensive as lawmakers and law enforcement agencies to take a closer look at the security of the data and the practices of central concern to the censors commissioned by the government. The company has previously said that the US users data will be stored in the United States and China, are not responsible for the content that is not part of China.

A TikTok spokesman, told Reuters last week that Hawley’s concerns were unfounded and that the company is to increase the dialogue with the legislators to explain their policy. The speaker does not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In November, Hawley, unveiled a bill that would bar companies from China, Russia or any other country to which the national security of the transmission of the Americans have the information back within their own borders, where it can be used to spy on the United States of america.

The bill will also prevent businesses from collecting information that is not necessary for the operation of their businesses, such as contacts or, in the case of the TikTok.

Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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