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Thu Jul 30, 2020, 03:32 PM

Senators urge U.S. Justice Dept to probe TikTok, Zoom

Source: Reuters

TECHNOLOGY NEWS JULY 30, 2020 / 1:34 PM / UPDATED 36 MINUTES AGO

Senators urge U.S. Justice Dept to probe TikTok, Zoom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senators Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, and Josh Hawley, a Republican, wrote to the U.S. Justice Department on Thursday to urge a probe of video technology company Zoom and Chinese-owned social media company TikTok.

The lawmakers said Americans, many of whom are largely staying home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, were substituting Zoom calls for personal interaction and binging on TikTok videos.

“We believe that it is imperative that the Department of Justice investigate and determine whether Zoom and TikTok’s business relationships, data handling practices, and operational connections to China pose a risk to Americans,” they wrote.

The two senators said the companies sought to downplay their ties with China.

“Based on numerous reports, we are extremely concerned that Zoom and TikTok have disclosed private information about Americans to the [People’s Republic of China] and engaged in censorship on behalf of the Chinese government,” they said in the letter to Assistant Attorney General John Demers.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-tiktok-zoom/senators-urge-u-s-justice-dept-to-probe-tiktok-zoom-idUSKCN24V36O

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