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CIA: there is no evidence that the Chinese government obtains tiktok user data

After the tiktok TikTok was threatened to sell and sell to US companies, President Trump signed an administrative order in August 6th to prohibit any US individuals from trading with the TikTok parent company’s byte beating. The ban will come into effect 45 days later.

the specific content of the administrative order shows that the “reason” given by the trump government is that tiktok “leaked a large number of user information”, while the Chinese government may also “obtain a large number of users’ location information, browsing records and search records, etc.” from tiktok, all of which “pose a threat to the national security of the United States”.

However, according to the New York Times report on the 7th, the evaluation results recently obtained by the US Central Intelligence Agency and submitted to the White House believe that the Chinese government has not obtained user data from the video application tiktok, which makes a series of recent “accusations” by the trump administration against the Chinese government and Chinese applications completely untenable.

tiktok, as a popular video software in the world, has long been faced with education problems for a long time. It is worried that about millions of minors and teenagers are addicted to some “virus videos” in the software. However, when the trump Administration recently made the tiktok operation a political issue, the CIA was asked to assess tiktok’s “national security issues”, and the results were very vague.

according to the report, CIA analysts recently told the White House that although they believed that Chinese intelligence agencies “are very likely” to access user information through mobile applications, there is no evidence that the Chinese government did.

according to the New York Times, after a careful reading of Trump’s administrative order against tiktok, it can be found that the text content is elaborately formulated in terms of “future tense” and “possible”. So far, most of the “risks” brought about by Chinese applications are only at the theoretical level.

in the statement against the US government executive order issued on the 7th of byte skipping, it clearly states: “the” report “quoted in the executive order is of unknown or unconfirmed origin, and there is no substantial basis for the concern that this application” may “be used for false publicity activities.”

“lookout” is a U.S. company specializing in mobile device security research. After checking the tiktok application, Christopher herberson, director of security intelligence research of the company, came to a similar conclusion as CIA: “the Chinese government does not seem to have the right to obtain the data of American users in this company, but if they really want it, it should not be hard to get it.”

However, other U.S. intelligence officials still insist that the CIA’s assessment does not mean that tiktok is safe or that tiktok is suitable for installation on mobile phones. Some members of Congress are more alarmist that tiktok is not like a software for watching singing and dancing, but more like a monitoring program.

in fact, trump signed two administrative bans on the same day of the 6th, one for tiktok and its parent company byte skipping, the other for wechat and its parent company Tencent, and the contents of the bans are basically similar.

Some U.S. government officials said that although wechat is not widely used in the United States, some Chinese software engineers and other high-tech workers in Silicon Valley use it frequently. U.S. government officials claim that these groups use wechat to solve difficult mathematical, software or engineering problems, exchange solutions, and so on. “China’s intelligence agencies can collect these patent data.”.

the New York Times pointed out that the trump administration’s recent “threat warning” to China is increasing. On August 5, U.S. Secretary of state pompeio announced that the U.S. government will expand the scope of “clean 5g” to five areas, including operators, app stores, applications, network cloud and network cable.

pompeio threatened not only to ban Chinese applications such as tiktok and wechat, but also to ban China’s submarine cable companies, which have operated in the United States for many years and Chinese enterprises that store information in the cloud.

it is also mentioned in the report that the trump government’s ban on tiktok and wechat is the most serious since measures were taken last year to prohibit American companies from using Huawei’s communication equipment. But the New York Times quoted some intelligence officials as saying that the “threat” posed by tiktok is “dwarfed” by the “threat” made by Huawei.

Mark Warner, a Virginia Senator and member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, made a speech at the Aspen Security Forum on June 6. Tiktok is a problem, he said, but at the level of the problem, an app that allows users to shoot interesting videos is “out of the league.”.

Warner claims that Huawei is a “deeper concern” because it is trying to “rebuild the Internet infrastructure” by installing equipment and base stations in the US communications system. In the 5G era, these will be the infrastructure for manufacturing, natural gas supply, agriculture and autopilot. In his view, China “could theoretically shut down or manipulate these systems” if it entered a period of conflict.

with regard to the US government’s practice of constantly discrediting China on Internet issues, foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin replied at a regular press conference on the 6th that the US side’s relevant practices have no factual basis at all, and are totally malicious slander and political manipulation, and their essence is to maintain their high-tech monopoly status.

he pointed out that many Chinese enterprises currently subject to unilateral sanctions by the United States are innocent, and their technologies and products are also safe. There has never been a network security incident similar to “Snowden incident” and “WikiLeaks”, nor has there been a network monitoring and monitoring behavior similar to “prism gate”, “equation organization” and “Echelon system”. It is ridiculous that the United States is still talking about “cleaning the Internet” with its own stains. Scientists have made ultra-high-speed terahertz wireless chips that deliver faster than 5g

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