Recently India officially banned as many as 59 apps owned by Chinese tech companies including Tiktok . Now TikTok could be Banned in Australia too, as it believed to be a threat to national security
According To Dailymail, the Australian Government is facing calls to ban TikTok amid concerns the social media platform poses a national security threat and users’ data may be being shared with China.
App owned by Chinese company Bytedance, is used by more than 1.6 million Australians.
A federal MP has revealed plans to put TikTok before the Foreign Interference through Social Media senate inquiry over fears it is collecting data and storing the information on Chinese servers.
The unnamed MP said TikTok has flown under the radar in Australia and should be considered as an effort by the Chinese Communist Party to collect data.
‘It might be dressed differently but it’s the same beast,’ the MP told the Herald Sun.
According to the MP, multiple members of parliament are pushing to have the app banned, arguing it poses a bigger threat than Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat.
Foreign Interference committee member Kimberley Kitching said Australians do not understand what apps like TikTok do with their personal information.
‘Given that there is credible evidence to suggest that TikTok users’ data has been sent back to servers in China where it can then be analysed and used by authorities to identify and build profiles to track users, it would be entirely appropriate for senior representatives from that company to appear before the committee to answer questions on this,’ the Labor Senator said.
Liberal MP and chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee Andrew Hastie in February claimed the app was a national security threat .
‘China’s National Intelligence Law of 2017 means the Chinese Government can compel businesses to share information with them,’ he told ABC’s 7.30 at the time.
‘So, I doubt if our information is secure when it’s owned by Chinese companies.’
In January TikTok was banned among all Australian Defence Force personnel over security fears.