“It ends with China having all of your data,” popular podcaster Joe Rogan said of Americans’ use of TikTok on his show Tuesday.
Chinese employees from TikTok’s parent company, Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-tied ByteDance, have direct access to U.S. TikTok user data, NewsBusters reported last month. Rogan cited TikTok’s privacy policies, which say that TikTok collects personal data including IP address, “activity across” multiple “devices,” and user location. TikTok updated its privacy policies in 2021 to admit that it collects biometric data, including faceprints and voiceprints, from users.
Rogan read aloud part of the list of data types collected by TikTok.
“‘User agent, mobile carrier, time zone settings, identifiers for advertising purpose, model of your device, the device system, network type, device IDs, your screen resolution and operating system, app and file names and types,’” Rogan read. “So all your apps and all your file names, all the things that you have filed away on your phone, they have access to that.” Rogan explained. “File names and types, keystroke patterns or rhythms.”
As Rogan noted, that means TikTok can monitor everything a user writes on his phone.
Rogan also read that TikTok collects audio settings and battery data, and is “‘able to use your profile information to identify your activity across devices.’” Comedian and podcaster Theo Von, who was Rogan’s guest, called the policy “insane” and asked Rogan if he thought TikTok was created specifically to collect that data. Rogan responded, “a hundred percent.”
He said he thinks the CCP noticed how addicted people are to social media, and created TikTok to exploit that.
Rogan then concluded, “It ends with China having all of your data.”
He also discussed China’s recent bank runs and its national digital currency, part of the CCP social credit score, according to Fox News. As Rogan explained, the CCP can decide to prevent a person from making a purchase if the CCP does not approve of that person’s actions at the time of purchase.
China isn’t the only place seeking to control its citizens through a digital currency. President Joe Biden issued an executive order in March directing the government to explore a U.S. Central Bank Digital Currency. Just weeks later, the World Economic Forum called for a “globally coordinated approach” to cryptocurrency regulation. TikTok collects payment data, including “payment card numbers.”
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