NHK: Japanese lawmakers to urge government to curb TikTok


Lawmakers from Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party have opted to push for steps to limit the use of Chinese-owned video program TikTok, concerned that consumer data may end up in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party, public broadcaster NHK said.

Amari’s office didn’t respond to a petition for confirmation of the report.

TikTok, owned and operated by China-based ByteDance Technology Co, is currently facing scrutiny at the US and a number of other sovereign countries around the world over concerns that China could force the company to turn over its consumer information. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said this month action was imminent to tackle national security risks posed by TikTok.

TikTok has said that it has never supplied user information to China and it wouldn’t do this if asked.

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The app is also under scrutiny from Australia over potential risks to information privacy, while in India, it was prohibited in June along with 58 other Chinese-origin programs.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka and Chang-ran Kim. Editing by Edwina Gibbs and Gareth Jones.

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