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USA: Pompeo says Tik Tok and other Chinese apps might be denied access to US citizens' data04:37

USA: Pompeo says Tik Tok and other Chinese apps might be denied access to US citizens' data

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July 8, 2020 at 20:35 GMT -00:00 · Published

The United States government is evaluating whether Chinese tech giants such as the app TikTok should have access to American citizens' data and will take actions to ensure China doesn't "have a way" to gather this information, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press conference in Washington on Wednesday.

"What you'll see the administration do is take actions that preserve and protect that information and deny the Chinese Communist Party access to the private information that belongs to Americans," Pompeo told reporters, adding that "the infrastructure of this next hundred years" must be based on "a Western ideal of private property and protection of private citizens' information in a transparent way" and that is not the model that "Chinese Communist Party software and hardware companies are engaged in."

The remarks comes two days after Pompeo claimed that the Trump administration was "certainly looking at" banning Chinese social media apps.

The US Secretary of State also criticised China over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, saying that the country is "incapable of being transparent, of accepting criticism, of allowing reporters to ask them questions that they find uncomfortable that elicit the truth and the facts."

Pompeo also praised Google, Facebook and Twitter for "refusing to surrender user data" to the Hong Kong government and explained Trump's decision to formally withdraw the US from the WHO.

"The World Health Organization has a long history of corruption and politicisation. And it's not that it doesn't get some pieces of their program right. That's certainly true. But on balance, this is an organization that has not been able to deliver on its core mission for decades," Pompeo said.

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The United States government is evaluating whether Chinese tech giants such as the app TikTok should have access to American citizens' data and will take actions to ensure China doesn't "have a way" to gather this information, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press conference in Washington on Wednesday.

"What you'll see the administration do is take actions that preserve and protect that information and deny the Chinese Communist Party access to the private information that belongs to Americans," Pompeo told reporters, adding that "the infrastructure of this next hundred years" must be based on "a Western ideal of private property and protection of private citizens' information in a transparent way" and that is not the model that "Chinese Communist Party software and hardware companies are engaged in."

The remarks comes two days after Pompeo claimed that the Trump administration was "certainly looking at" banning Chinese social media apps.

The US Secretary of State also criticised China over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, saying that the country is "incapable of being transparent, of accepting criticism, of allowing reporters to ask them questions that they find uncomfortable that elicit the truth and the facts."

Pompeo also praised Google, Facebook and Twitter for "refusing to surrender user data" to the Hong Kong government and explained Trump's decision to formally withdraw the US from the WHO.

"The World Health Organization has a long history of corruption and politicisation. And it's not that it doesn't get some pieces of their program right. That's certainly true. But on balance, this is an organization that has not been able to deliver on its core mission for decades," Pompeo said.

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