According to the company’s official Twitter account for communications, “TikTok does not gather exact GPS location information from U.S. users, therefore TikTok could not track U.S. users in the way the article stated.” The business emphasizes further that sensitive subjects, like politicians, journalists, activists, and other powerful people, have never been tracked using the program.
Even while TikTok spiritedly rejected the Forbes story, recent privacy-related investigations really portrayed a very bleak picture of the company’s privacy procedures. TikTok developers in China have accessed private data based in the United States, according to a BuzzFeed investigation earlier this year that used internal voice recordings. According to a member of TikTok’s Trust and Safety team, “everything is seen in China.”
2/ In particular, Forbes excluded the part of our claim that refuted the viability of its main accusation: TikTok does not collect accurate GPS location data from US users, which means TikTok could not monitor US users in the manner stated by the article.
Twitter user @TikTokComms October 20, 2022
TikTok said earlier this year that it had established a new team called U.S. Data Security that would consist of users based in the United States and that any requests for data access would first go through stringent procedures and scrutiny. Additionally, TikTok has made the decision to place user data from Americans on regional Oracle cloud servers.
It’s interesting to note that the Oracle transaction happened after the U.S. government began to exert more pressure due to worries about data security and the localization of user information, as well as a real danger of being barred from entering the country. As a matter of fact, TikTok is still prohibited in India, one of its biggest markets, due to identical national security concerns.