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ICYMI: Walden, Scalise, Rodgers Request Classified Briefing on TikTok, Other Chinese Apps


08.04.20

Washington, DC – E&C Republicans continue working to protect American consumers, ensure U.S. leadership in emerging technologies, and hold bad actors accountable. This week, Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting a classified briefing on TikTok and other technology companies with purported ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

This is not the first time E&C Republicans have called out these companies for data privacy concerns and potential ties to the CCP. Over two months ago, Walden and Rodgers demanded answers from TikTok related to their potential violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA); TikTok’s collection and use of Americans’ information and whether such information is being shared with the Chinese Communist Party; TikTok’s corporate governance; and issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, Walden and Rodgers wrote to Google and Apple to request information on the vetting of their applications, particularly for foreign sourcing and potential ties with the Chinese Communist Party. This week, Walden, Rodgers and Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) wrote to Amazon, eBay, and Facebook regarding their practices to address counterfeit products, especially those from China, being sold on their platforms.

Learn more about Walden, Scalise, and Rodgers’ letter in The Hill and The Washington Post.

The Hill

Top House Republicans request classified TikTok briefing

By Chris Mills Rodrigo

August 3, 2020

Three top House Republicans are requesting a classified briefing from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Chinese technology platforms including TikTok.

“While we remain deeply concerned with TikTok, such concerns extend beyond the popular short-form video app,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Energy and Commerce ranking member Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) wrote in a letter Monday. “Accordingly, to learn more about such significant threats, we respectfully request a classified briefing on TikTok and other technology companies with purported ties to the CCP [Chinese Communist Party] at your earliest convenience.”

The request comes amid renewed scrutiny of TikTok for its ties to China.

The short-form video app’s parent company, ByteDance, is headquartered in and operates out of Beijing, though TikTok says its American data has been moved to servers in the U.S.

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The Washington Post

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By Joseph Marks

August 4, 2020

Republicans want a classified briefing on the dangers of other Chinese apps.

The lawmakers cited possible national security concerns from facial recognition company DeepCam and subsidiaries of China’s TCL, which they say “develop and offer apps with spyware and malware designed to harvest user data and send it back to China.”

“While we remain deeply concerned with TikTok, such concerns extend beyond the popular short-form video app,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Energy and Commerce Committee ranking Republican Greg Walden (Ore.) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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