Call on UK Parliament to delete TikTok accounts

A British lawmaker who was sanctioned by the Chinese government on Thursday said he was “surprised and disappointed” that parliament had set up an account on a Chinese-owned app, and would delete the newly set up TikTok account. asked the parliament to

In a post on Twitter promoting a new TikTok account that appears to target young people, Congress said on Wednesday that the account will publish “Elizabeth Tower news and behind-the-scenes content” and will be “the best in the famous tower.” Where is the best place to take a selfie of

Four Conservative MPs, one Labor MP and one Crossbench MP have been sanctioned by Beijing for speaking out on human rights abuses in Xinjiang. wrote a letter to the speaker It said in two chambers of parliament on Thursday that the data security risks associated with Tik Tok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, are “substantial.”

“In a recent report, contrary to assurances given to BEIS by company executives, [Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy] Special Committee in 2021, TikTok data will be regularly transferred to China. They may have misled Congress on this point,” the letter said.

Lawmakers have revealed that under the Communist government’s 2017 Information Security Law, Chinese companies “must provide data” to authorities upon request and “provided data when asked.” It may not,” he said.

“After being repeatedly questioned by the BEIS selection committee, TikTok executives are unable to reassure MPs that the company can prevent data transfers to ByteDance if the parent company requests it. It was,” the lawmaker said, adding that ByteDance was legally required to do so. Upon request, we will hand over UK data to Chinese authorities.

“The possibility of the Xi Jinping administration gaining access to personal data on children’s mobile phones should be cause for great concern,” the letter reads.

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UK Conservative MPs Nusrat Ghani (C) and Sir Ian Duncan Smith (R) and British Director of the World Uyghur Congress Rahima Mahmut UK admit to allegations of persecution of China’s Muslim minority, the Uighurs. took part in a demonstration calling on the British Parliament to vote. Genocide and crimes against humanity in London on April 22, 2021. (Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images)

A recent study found that the TikTok app on Apple’s iOS system connects to servers in mainland China, while on Android’s system it collects data from all other running and installed apps.

Leaked records recently obtained by BuzzFeed allegedly indicated that the app’s US users’ personal data was repeatedly accessed in China.

Lawmakers said efforts to involve young people should always be welcomed, but “the use of an app that technology experts call ‘essentially Chinese government spyware’ cannot and cannot be justified. It should not be changed,” he argued.

They urged speakers to delete their accounts “until we have credible assurance that the company has deceived Congress and that no data can be transferred to China.”

Conservative MPs Nusrat Ghani, Sir Ian Duncan Smith, Tim Lawton, Tom Tugendhat, Crossbench MP Sir David Alton and Labor MP Helena Kennedy are the signatories.

A spokesperson for Congress said the speaker would eventually respond to the letter, saying Congress had taken “all necessary steps to ensure that our data is not compromised” before setting up the account. rice field.

“For security reasons, we are unable to elaborate further on these measures,” the statement read.

A TikTok spokesperson said, “The TikTok platform does not operate in China and has never provided user data to the Chinese government. We welcome the opportunity to speak directly with the signatories to clarify any factual inaccuracies contained in the letter to the speaker.”

Lily Zhou


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer covering UK news primarily for The Epoch Times.