NDSU Cyberspace Expert Evaluates Potential Tik Tok Ban

NDSU Cyberspace Expert Evaluates Potential Tik Tok Ban
The United States government is seeking a ban on the TikTok social media app, owned by a Chinese company that has more than 2 billion downloads worldwide.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the government was seeking a ban on several Chinese social media applications, including Tickcock. Asked if people should download it, Pompeo said "only if you want your personal information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party."

TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a technology company based in Beijing, China. It was not available for American smartphones until 2018, when the American app musical.ly was merged with TikTok in a billion-dollar business deal. Critics worry that Tektok may share confidential and private information with the Chinese Communist Party. A Tikotok spokesperson denied this in a statement, saying, "Tiktok is led by an American CEO with hundreds of key employees and leaders in security, product and public policy in the United States."

The app has attracted the attention of data analysts. Penetrum researchers found that the application's code could allow TicketTalk to load malware on any device that installed it. Their findings cite several other potential safety risks.

Jeremy Stroub, associate director of the NDSU Institute for Cyber ​​Security Education and Research, said that in a possible ban, the United States government is weighing the balance of protecting the public while maintaining freedom of expression and openness.

With a social media app such as TicketLock, Strobe revealed two main types of information that the app could use: content users allow you to gather, and users to post or generate.

"The fact that people intentionally share this material captured by themselves and others really gives the sky a limit to what kind of information can exist on the surface," Straub said.

The terms of Tiktok's service agreements are broad according to the Strobe. Therefore, the user allows the company to do almost anything with the content published there. He added that it is worth noting, the deals are similar to those on Facebook and Twitter, with other commonly used social media apps owned by American companies.

Straub believes that TicketLock users or parents should not panic, because so far, there is no specific threat with the app. He said that there is concern now about what the Chinese government can do to collect this information.

One of the best things that the public can do is what we post and talk to children about protecting their information.

Straub said that starting in kindergarten and even thinking about children.

The Indian government banned Tiktok, along with dozens of other Chinese social media apps, on 29 June. He cited similar national security concerns. This occurred soon after violent skirmishes between Chinese and Indian troops on the Himalayan border.

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