Senators call on FTC Chair Khan to investigate TikTok’s data security practices

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Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan is facing new pressure from top Senate Intelligence leaders to investigate TikTok after new reports that the company shares US data with China-based workers.

In a letter to Khan on Tuesday, Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), Senate Intelligence Committee leaders, called on the FTC to open an investigation into TikTok’s data security practices. The call comes after a June BuzzFeed News report detailed how China-based ByteDance engineers had access to TikTok’s US data as late as January 2022.

“In light of repeated misrepresentations by TikTok … we urge you to act promptly on this matter”

“In light of repeated misrepresentations by TikTok concerning its data security, data…

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