Obama’s former cybersecurity adviser thinks lawmakers are right to treat TikTok as a security threat
- TikTok is drawing increased scrutiny from US lawmakers who worry the Chinese-owned app’s rising popularity could constitute a national security threat.
- Kiersten Todt, who served as a cybersecurity adviser to President Barack Obama, told Business Insider she believes those concerns are well-founded.
- Chinese web products are gaining global reach, Todt said, both through the spread of popular apps like TikTok and through the outsourcing of China’s closed, state-run version of the internet.
- TikTok has maintained that it protects user data and has hired an independent firm to audit its practices.
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