TikTok to be banned in US? Lawmakers fear it is being used to spy on Americans

(Image credit: TikTok / Ben Mater on Unsplash)

ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, is based in China. And along with Russia and several other foreign regions it is being called a "country of concern" by the office of US Senator Marco Rubio, in a recent press release detailing bipartisan legislation that is aiming to ban TikTok from operations in the United States. 

This ban has already been implemented in states such as Maryland and South Dakota, to address cybersecurity risks presented by certain China and Russia-based platforms amid fears of cyber-espionage, government surveillance, and sensitive and personal data collection.

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Beth Nicholls
Staff Writer

A staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has an extensive background in various elements of technology with five years of experience working as a tester and sales assistant for CeX. After completing a degree in Music Journalism, followed by obtaining a Master's degree in Photography awarded by the University of Brighton, she spends her time outside of DCW as a freelance photographer specialising in live music events and band press shots under the alias 'bethshootsbands'.