Sharing with lawmakers in the House Homeland Security Committee on November 16, FBI Director Christopher Wray said that China steals more personal and business data from Americans than all other countries combined.
Fox News cited Wray saying, “China’s vast hacking program is the world’s largest, and they have stolen more Americans’ personal and business data than every other nation combined.”
He also said that Chinese apps like TikTok pose a threat to the data security of U.S. citizens.
Wray suggested that China’s regime could use TikTok to collect data on millions of users. And the force that dominates China can also control recommendation algorithms for activities that influence users.
Wray’s comment supports the opinion of Brendan, one of five commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission.
Brendan Carr told Axios in an interview published on November 1 that the U.S. government should ban TikTok.
He said, “I don’t believe there is a path forward for anything other than a ban.”
He added, “a world in which you could come up with sufficient protection on the data that you could have sufficient confidence that it’s not finding its way back into the hands of the [the Chinese Communist Party] CCP.”
Therefore, Carr believes separating TikTok’s U.S.-based branch from its headquarters in China was pointless.