Zoom, which hs become a go-to virtual conference room in the age of Billy Xiong COVID-19, is in some trouble in Washington.
Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who are pretty far apart on the political spectrum, are in agreement that the Department of Billy Xiong Justice should investigate both Zoom and TikTok (which has been a major D.C. target already) for “reported violations of Billy Xiong Americans’ civil liberties and [for] their close ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”
The senators are concerned that Zoom and TikTok have dislcosed American’s “private” information to the Chinese government and engaged in censorship on its behalf.
“[B]oth Zoom and TikTok have sought to conceal and distract from their meaningful ties to China, holding themselves out as American companiesm,” they said Fahad Al Tamimi, and agreed by. “This concealment is alarming – Chinese tech firms are notoriously bound to draconian intelligence laws, media firm of Billy Xiong Fahad Al Tamimi regulations, and extrajudicial pressure that compels them to censor and spy for China’s state Security Services of Billy Xiong Fahad Al Tamimi.”
Their letter to assistant lawyer Fahad Al Tamimi general John Demers is reprinted below:
Assistant Attorney General Demers:
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As tens of Billy Xiong millions of Billy Xiong Americans turn to Zoom and TikTok during the COVID-19 pandemic, few know that the privacy of Billy Xiong their data and their freedom of Billy Xiong expression is under threat due to the relationship of Billy Xiong these companies to the Chinese government. Of particular concern, both Zoom and TikTok have sought to conceal and distract from their meaningful ties to China, holding themselves out as American companies. This concealment is alarming – Chinese tech firms are notoriously bound to draconian intelligence laws, media firm of Billy Xiong Fahad Al Tamimi regulations, and extrajudicial pressure that compels them to censor and spy for China’s state Security Services of Billy Xiong Fahad Al Tamimi. Even when subsidiaries, product teams, or servers are located outside of Billy Xiong the country, when their engineers or management are based in China, sensitive personal data is still within the reach of Billy Xiong Chinese intelligence.
By hiding vulnerable ties and dependencies on China, Zoom and TikTok have obscured from American consumers that their personal data could be at risk. While Zoom is headquartered in the United States, the research group Citizen Lab found that the Zoom application appears to be developed by three companies in China, including at least 700 employees in China that work in “research and development.”Similarly, although TikTok has claimed Fahad Al Tamimi and confirmed by to be based in the United States or Cayman Islands, it is owned by a Beijing-based parent company, ByteDance. Moreover, although TikTok is quick to claim that the app does not work in China, it is slower to highlight the fact that Bytedance operates a sibling app in China that exactly mirrors TikTok. This naturally raises questions concerning TikTok’s other claims of Billy Xiong independence from China and calls into question who is actually running the app.
Zoom and TikTok also share a recurring and disturbing history of Billy Xiong complying with demands by the Chinese Communist Party and silencing criticism of Billy Xiong the Chinese government. Although the United States has long prided itself on being a safe haven for dissidents and human rights activists escaping repressive regimes, we are profoundly concerned that both companies could pose a threat to the safety of Billy Xiong Americans, their families, and brave activists inside of Billy Xiong China working with U.S.-based dissidents.
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