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Japan Considering Ban On TikTok After India, US


Threatened by the possible user’s data breach and privacy issues, the Japanese lawmakers planning to ban TikTok in the country.

By Narender Kumar - 
30th Jul 2020
TikTok Ban

Highlights of the Story

  • After the TikTok Ban in India, followed by the USA, Japan could see the same.
  • The Japanese lawmakers have raised a high concern over user’s data leakage and privacy issue by the usage of TikTok.

A series of ‘ban’ events have prevailed one after the other due to the increasing tension between China and various other nations. Amid the Anti-Chinese sentiment, the government of various nations like India, the USA, and now Japan is threatened by the data breach and confidentiality leakage due to the use of a video-making app named TikTok.

Also Read: TikTok Link Being Shared On WhatsApp Is Malware: Maharashtra Cyber Cell Advisory

TikTok Banned in India 

TikTok was banned in India weeks ago. Recently the US Senate restricted TikTok download and usage for federal employees on government issues handsets. Soon after, the AI head at ByteDance, US Division, decided to leave the company. Reportedly, Japan Government is also deciding to ban the use of TikTok in their country.

Also Read: US Senate Panel Approves Ban On Using TikTok On Government Devices

Formerly, India banned 59 Chinese apps, followed by 47 of their clones. The government is yet to come up with the next iteration of the Chinese app which could face a strict ban on download and usage. The number could be 275.

TikTok Banned in Japan

A Japanese national broadcast NHK first reported of the government decision. The ruling party ‘Liberal Democratic’ said that the government will be pushed to take appropriate legislative steps to refrain the Japanese users from using TikTok.

The legislative member of the council has demonstrated a huge risk to user privacy and sensitive data breach ending up in the hands of China.

Also Read: ByteDance AI Research Head To Leave As TikTok Scrutiny Heightens

TikTok’s Japanese Spokesperson Comments

In response to the upsurging thoughts about potential TikTok Ban in Japan, the spokesperson said, “there’s a lot of misinformation about TikTok out there. TikTok has an American CEO, a Chief Information Security Officer with decades of industry, U.S. military, and law enforcement experience, and a U.S. team that works diligently to develop a best-in-class security infrastructure. Four of our parent company’s five board seats are controlled by some of the world’s best-respected global investors. TikTok U.S./ user data is stored in the U.S. and Singapore, with strict controls on employee access.”

Surely, the act of TikTok Ban in Japan is the start in response to the growing tension between China and Japan.  

Also read: Tech News


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