Two U.S. Republican senators on Thursday asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate tiktok’s consumer data collection and processing practices, Reuters reported on August 13.
the request was made in a letter from Jerry Moran, chairman of the Senate consumer protection sub committee, and John Thune, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on communications, technology, innovation, and Internet.
the senators asked the FTC to give a specific response to a foreign media report. The tiktok app collects MAC addresses from millions of mobile devices with Android operating system, enabling the service platform to track users on the network, it was reported on the 11th.
the tiktok app’s collection of MAC addresses continued for 15 months, ending in November last year, in violation of Google’s policy, which regulates applications to track users, the paper said.
in response, a tiktok spokesman said that the company was “committed to protecting the privacy and security of the tiktok community” and constantly updated its applications to keep up with evolving security challenges. Tiktok emphasizes that “the current version of tiktok does not collect MAC addresses.”