Former executive claims Community Party has access to TikTok data


A former executive at Bytedance, the owner of TikTok, has said in a filing relating to a wrongful dismissal lawsuit that the members of Chinese Communist Party maintained a backdoor channel to access TikTok user data belonging to Hong Kong protesters and civil rights activists in order to try to identify the individuals and their locations. The data included the users' network information, SIM card identifications, and IP addresses. Bytedance pulled the app out of Hong Kong in 2020 when a new national security law gave China new powers in the city. The company has denied the claims.

Publication: Guardian

Writer: Dan Milmo

Publication date: 2023-06-07

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