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America’s online privacy problems are much bigger than TikTok

By Will Oremus

24 Mar 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. The U.S. government has not passed comprehensive data privacy legislation, leaving Americans’ online data rights up to a patchwork of state and federal laws.

For a brief moment in a five-hour House hearing on Thursday, TikTok’s CEO Shou Zi Chew let his frustration show. Asked if TikTok was prepared to split off from its Chinese parent company if ordered to do so by the U.S. government, to safeguard Americans’ online data, Chew went on offense.

“I don’t think ownership is the issue here. With a lot of respect: American social companies don’t have a great record with privacy and data security. I mean, look at Facebook and Cambridge Analytica,” Chew said, referring to the 2018 scandal in which Facebook users’ data was found to have been secretly harvested years earlier by a British political consulting firm.

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