TikTok Security Risk?

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SYDNEY, Thursday: The Australian government is reportedly scrutinising TikTok for any risks it may pose to users from around potential foreign interference and data privacy issues.

According to a Reuters report, offices of both the Home Affairs and Attorney-General in Australia are “discussing” TikTok’s operations just weeks after the popular Chinese-owned social media platform opened offices in the country.

Aussie PM Scott Morrison said his government was “having a good look” at TikTok, which has also fallen under US scrutiny for “national security risks”.

“If we consider there is a need to take further action, then we won’t be shy about it.”

“If we consider there is a need to take further action than we are taking now, then I can tell you we won’t be shy about it,” he said.

Australia’s scrutiny comes as TikTok has come under fire in multiple global markets in recent weeks, over national security issues over accusations of links to the Chinese state and concerns around data privacy.

In the US, the Trump administration is considering banning Chinese social media applications including TikTok.

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