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TikTok sues US government over President Donald Trump's ban

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 • Tamil Comments
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Chinese video-sharing app TikTok is suing President Donald Trump's United States government in federal court over the administration's decision to ban the app in the country. TikTok has claimed that the executive order, signed by Trump on August 6th under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, is "without any evidence to justify such an extreme action, and without any due process."

The company further added that the ban prevented TikTok from going through the due process and that the executive order ignored their effort to prove that the app isn't a national security threat as it does not share any data with the Chinese government. Trump's administration processed the impending ban worrying about US data security and data privacy with several Chinese companies, including Huawei and WeChat. TikTok reportedly mentioned in a statement, "Now is the time for us to act. We do not take suing the government lightly, however we feel we have no choice but to take action to protect our rights, and the rights of our community and employees. Independent national security and information security experts have criticized the political nature of this executive order, and expressed doubt as to whether its stated national security objective is genuine."

Claiming that the app is a security threat due to its Chinese owners, Trump's executive order that was signed earlier this month read, "TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories. This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans' personal and proprietary information -- potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage."

The American civil liberties union argued that banning the app is a danger to free expression. "Banning an app like TikTok, which millions of Americans use to communicate with each other, is a danger to free expression and technologically impractical. To truly address privacy concerns with companies like TikTok, Congress must ensure that ANY company that services US consumers cannot hand over our data to any government without a warrant or equivalent. Letting the president selectively ban platforms isn't the solution," ACLU posted on social media.

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