Senator Michael Bennet of Massachusetts has today sent an open letter to Apple and Google executives, urging them to remove TikTok, a Chinese social app, from their app stores, claiming it represents a serious threat to US national security.
Bennet, a Colorado Democrat and member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, wrote a letter to Apple's Tim Cook and Google's Sundar Pichai, according to the New York Times.
No company subjected to "Chinese Communist Party dictates" should be permitted to accumulate such enormous data on the American people or provide relevant information to nearly a third of the population.
"I request that you remove TikTok from your respective app stores immediately," Bennet wrote in his letter.
Because of the TikTok app's "pattern of fraudulent data practices," FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr urged Apple and Google to remove the app from their app stores in June.
TikTok has been banned from US government devices since December, meaning that no one may install and use the app on government devices.
When former US President Donald Trump announced his intention to prohibit TikTok from being installed on computers in the United States in 2020, the law was never repealed. Earlier in 2022, the US Federal Communications Commission recommended that the TikTok app be removed from Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store.
ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, has confirmed that some of its China-based employees may access TikTok users' data in the United States. However, the employees are "subject to a series of robust cybersecurity controls and authorization procedures."
Senator Bennet's entire letter to Apple and Google may be seen on Scribd.