US government won’t detail how TikTok is a security threat

The US government warns that TikTok is a security and privacy concern for millions of Americans, but when it comes to specifics on how the Chinese government could get its hands on data from the social video app, the Justice Department is keeping the information classified. 



logo: The Trump administration is redacting specific information on why TikTok is a security concern. James Martin/CNET


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The Trump administration is redacting specific information on why TikTok is a security concern. James Martin/CNET

In court filings from the Justice Department on Sept. 25, the agency on multiple occasions redacted specific information on how the Chinese government could take your data.

“For example, although TikTok claimed to store U.S. user data within the United States, the Commerce Decision Memo then explained why the PRC may still be able to gain access to that data through [REDACTED],” the Justice Department said in its court filing. 

Details from the Commerce Department’s memo are also redacted.

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