Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced on Jan. 25 the “No TikTok on United States Devices Act” to prohibit the Chinese-based app from being downloaded on all U.S. devices and ban commercial transactions with ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company.
Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) has introduced companion legislation in the House.
In recent months, more than half of U.S. states have moved to ban TikTok from government devices, and dozens of U.S. schools and universities have moved to ban it from their system devices, with the state of Maine and the University of Wisconsin being the latest to do so.
“TikTok poses a threat to all Americans who have the app on their devices,” Hawley said in a statement. “It opens the door for the Chinese Communist Party to access Americans’ personal information, keystrokes, and location through aggressive data harvesting. Banning it on government devices was a step in the right direction, but now is the time to ban it nationwide to protect the American people.”…
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