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TikTok has confirmed that employees outside the United States could access U.S. user data, a revelation that appears to validate many concerns regarding China's access to the app's data.

The confirmation was offered in a response letter sent by TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew to nine Republican senators, including Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

The letter addressed a series of economic and security concerns after a Buzzfeed News report revealed that the company's Chinese employees were able to access U.S. user data.

"Employees outside the U.S., including China-based employees, can have access to TikTok U.S. user data subject to a series of robust cybersecurity controls and authorization approval protocols overseen by our U.S.-based security team," Chew confirmed in a Thursday letter acquired by the New York Times. This data reportedly goes through an "internal data classification system and approval process in place that assigns levels of access based on the data's classification and requires approvals for access to U.S. user data." The classification in question is determined based on "sensitivity of the data."


Chew reiterated that all U.S. user data would be transferred to servers run by the U.S. cloud hosting service Oracle, a change announced on the same day as the Buzzfeed report. He also said that the Chinese Communist Party had never asked for U.S. user data and that TikTok has never provided said data to the CCP nor would it do so if the party asked for it. While Tiktok's parent company, ByteDance, has maintained that it would never hand over U.S. user data to China, security experts have expressed concerns about China's national intelligence law, which would require all Chinese companies to comply with their demands.

The TikTok CEO also confirmed that the company is negotiating with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on what data should be "protected." The current agreement with CFIUS would keep private details such as birthdays and phone numbers protected, according to Buzzfeed News. It would not include user profiles, comments, or posts, possibly allowing China-based employees insights into TikTok users' habits.

Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Brendan Carr expressed concerns about TikTok's relationship with China in a June 24 letter in which he demanded that Apple and Google remove TikTok from their app stores due to the security concerns.

Then-President Donald Trump issued an August 2020 executive order prohibiting transactions with ByteDance, alleging that TikTok's vast data collection "threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans' personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage."


The Trump Commerce Department backed off the ban in November 2020, citing a federal court order. The Biden Justice Department asked a federal appeals court to dismiss the TikTok case in July 2021.

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Slick Sunak is best candidate for PM but Liz Truss offers voters crucial hope

ENGLAND’S Euro-winning Lion-esses have written an open letter to Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss asking the future Prime Minister to ensure that playing football is an option for every growing girl in the land.

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6Liz Truss is offering us something that Rishi Sunak can’t - hopeCredit: Getty 6If I was a member of the Conservative Party, I would be voting for Rishi SunakCredit: Getty

Because I can’t see anyone else who is acting as if Sunak has even the slightest chance of becoming our next PM.

Although there are still weeks to go before we discover the heir to Bojo, Liz Truss looks nailed on to be our third female Tory Prime Minister.

Everybody is already sucking up to Liz, longing for that coveted invitation to a top ministerial job or at least some tea and chocolate digestives in the Downing Street rose garden.

Incredible — for Rishi Sunak would be a brilliant Prime Minister.

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He is young, whiplash smart and clearly a decent human being.

He got fined during Partygate — and doesn’t even drink! If I was a member of the Conservative Party, I would be voting for Sunak.

But Truss is offering something that Sunak just can’t manage. Hope.
And people will always vote for hope.

Hope was what put Margaret Thatcher in office when our country seemed to be disintegrating.

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Hope was what elected Tony Blair in 1997 when John Major’s tired Tories were ­constantly getting caught with their trousers down and their fingers in the till.

And when the aftermath of Brexit put our country in a political coma, this is what propelled Boris to his stonking 80-seat majority.

Hope. The hope that we can do better than this mess.

Rishi Sunak offers carefully calibrated positivity. But Liz Truss offers real hope. Yet there is more to Liz than big promises.

Truss is the former Remainer who is now our most passionate advocate of Brexit.

She is the former comprehensive schoolkid who understands in her bones what this cost-of-living crisis means for ordinary families.


Liz has an appeal that will strike a chord with former Labour voters.

But every sure-fire favourite is haunted by the ghost of Devon Loch, the racehorse who collapsed in the final straight of the 1956 Grand National.

Even an odds-on favourite can fall flat on their face.

If Truss has a weakness, it is a tendency to speak first and reflect on the consequences of her words at some later date.

When Russia invaded Ukraine, Foreign Secretary Liz said she “absolutely” backed any British citizen who wanted to go to help the Ukrainians fight for their freedom.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace — a ­former Scots Guard who has actually heard guns fired in anger — politely pointed out that Truss’s own department urged British citizens not to travel to Ukraine and, if they wanted to help, to make a financial donation or enlist in the British Armed Forces.

But Truss’s instincts are sound.

And although I love old Bojo dearly, it will be a relief to be spared the green ­fundamentalism of his net-zero posturing.

And to move on from all those endless, self-inflicted Bojo cock-ups.

And the way every petty drama was turned into a national crisis.

From renewing your passport or driving licence to catching a train or plane, it feels as though nothing works in this country any more.

We crave change. We need hope.

The Bank of England is predicting ­inflation of 13 per cent by the end of the year and is warning of a long recession.

Sunak says he is not going to offer us “goodies”, even though he knows how much we love goodies, while Truss says that she would start slashing taxes on day one.

In a climate of doom and gloom, Liz asserts that a recession is not yet inevitable.

Human nature will always respond to a message of hope.

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Not a great look, Your Royal Highness.

Thank goodness Reggie and Ronnie Kray are not still around.

“For the kiddies, Charlie,” the twins would growl, as they handed Camilla a suitcase full of grubby fivers on the doorstep of St James’s Palace.

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No thicko stuffing a firework up his Wembley Way on, er, Wembley Way.

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It is impossible to imagine just how groundbreaking it was to have a major black character in a hit TV series in the mid-Sixties.

Nichelle’s Lt Nyota Uhura was smart, strong and drop-dead gorgeous. All this was revolutionary.

She played the Enterprise’s communications officer from 1966 to 1969.

By the time Uhura hung up her scarlet, skin-tight Star Trek uniform, a generation had grown up believing that a multi-racial cast was totally normal.

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