‘Deal between Oracle and TikTok not enough for US’

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The deal that software company Oracle has agreed with the Chinese company ByteDance on social media app TikTok is not enough to allay the concerns of the US government about that app.

Question marks remain over ByteDance’s access to users’ data and the influence China would hold over the company, news agency writes Bloomberg based on insiders.

Those concerns are voiced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, among others. His colleagues William Barr of Justice and Steven Mnuchin of Finance have also been briefed on the proposed deal and are now looking into it. Ultimately, President Donald Trump makes a decision about approving the agreement.

The latter stated at a press conference at the White House on Wednesday that his administration had not yet made a decision on the deal. Trump emphasized that he wants to avoid any loopholes. The deal must be ‘100 percent’ compliant with national security, the president said, who further assured that ‘he is not willing to sign anything’. He says he will receive a report on the content of the agreement on Thursday morning local time.

User data

TikTok had to be sold from the US to an American company for security reasons. The Americans believe that the Chinese government has access to the data of users of the popular videos app as long as it is in the hands of the Chinese ByteDance. That company talked to Microsoft, among others, but eventually reached an agreement with Oracle.

That deal is nowhere near a takeover. ByteDance would place all of TikTok’s activities, not just the American ones, in a company based in the US. User data would also be stored in the US. Oracle then becomes involved in the storage and operations of the American TikTok company. The software maker would also take a minority stake in this, but ByteDance owns more than half of the company.

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