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TikTok’s “Secret” Project To Track Locations Of American Citizens

According to materials reviewed by Forbes, several American citizens were targeted by a China-based team at TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance.

The team behind the monitoring project is ByteDance’s Internal Audit and Risk Control department, headed by Beijing-based Song Ye. 

The team investigates potential misconduct by current & former ByteDance employees. 

The materials show that the Internal Audit team also planned to collect TikTok data about a U.S. citizen who had never worked for the company. 

However, the plan was for a Beijing-based ByteDance team to get location data from U.S. users’ phones.

Here’s what the article states –

“TikTok is reportedly close to signing a contract with the Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which evaluates the national security risks posed by companies of foreign ownership, and has been investigating whether the company’s Chinese ownership could enable the Chinese government to access personal information about U.S. TikTok users. (Disclosure: In a past life, I held policy positions at Facebook and Spotify.) 

In September, President Biden signed an executive order enumerating specific risks that CFIUS should consider when assessing companies of foreign ownership. The order, which states that it intends to “emphasize . . . the risks presented by foreign adversaries’ access to data of United States persons,” focuses specifically on foreign companies’ potential use of data “for the surveillance, tracing, tracking, and targeting of individuals or groups of individuals, with potential adverse impacts on national security.” 

The Treasury Department did not respond to a request for comment.”

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