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The US Needs Data Privacy, Not a TikTok Ban

US policymakers, in a rare show of bipartisanship, are attempting to ban TikTok, which they claim allows China to “surveil and influence the American public.” But the app is only a small part of a much larger problem: the lack of an affirmative model of data governance that protects privacy and civil liberties.

CAMBRIDGE – Last week, the United States House of Representatives passed the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act. It is no secret that the bill takes aim at TikTok. The massively popular video-sharing platform is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance and thus subject to the laws of the People’s Republic of China, and potentially to the control of the Communist Party of China (CPC), despite assurances to the contrary from company executives.