Senators Call For Probe Of Zoom, TikTok Over China Ties: Report – CRN

Lawmakers have asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate videoconferencing giant Zoom and video sharing service TikTok over their relationship with China, Reuters reported.

The bipartisan effort from Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., comes in response to national security and civil liberties concerns stemming from the ties the two companies allegedly have with the Chinese government, according to Reuters.

“Based on numerous reports, we are extremely concerned that Zoom and TikTok have disclosed private information about Americans to the PRC and engaged in censorship on behalf of the Chinese government,” Blumenthal and Hawley wrote in the letter Thursday.

[Related: Zoom Wants To Harness Google Cybersecurity Service To Protect Users: Report]

Zoom’s stock is down $3.25 (1.29 percent) to $249.14 per share in trading Thursday following the Reuters report. Neither Zoom nor TikTok immediately responded to requests for comment from CRN.

Zoom was reported in June to be in talks with Google‘s cloud division to use the tech giant’s cybersecurity services to add another layer of protection for its 300 million daily meeting participants, The Information reported.


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