While allegations that provides user data to the Chinese government have yet to be proven, the app's reputation suffered a setback in December after it was revealed employees at TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, accessed user data in an attempt to track the whereabouts of several western journalists. At the time, TikTok claimed that the incident involved improper data access and that the employees responsible have since been fired, but the incident has raised concerns about the company's privacy processes.
Conservative MP and chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Alicia Kearns, previously demanded that TikTok provide testimony on the issue, pointing out that "they said, 'This could never happen'."
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