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Top Justice Department official warns against using TikTok: 'We need to be very concerned'
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Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco warned against using TikTok on Thursday, saying that the "perils of Chinese companies being subject to Chinese national security laws" pose a threat to personal privacy and national security.
"Any company doing business in China, for that matter, is subject to China's national security laws, which require turning over data to the state. There is a reason we need to be very concerned," Monaco said during a policy discussion at the Chatham House in London.
"I don’t use TikTok and I would not advise anybody to do so because of these concerns."
TikTok, an enormously popular social media platform owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has been in discussions with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) since 2019 about potentially separating the American side of its business.