The never-ending dispute between the well-known short-video app, TikTok, and the Trump Administration fired up again on Monday. The app filed a lawsuit against the issued ban in the U.S through the executive order.
On August 6, President Trump signed the executive order banning the Chinese owned app. It is because of the government’s belief that the app is being manipulated by the Chinese government to spy and steal data of the State. After a week, there was another executive order issued for ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok. The company was given 90 days to either sell the app to an American company or banished in the United States.
According to the executive order, “TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search history.”
“This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information – potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage,” the executive order added.
The ban resulted in TikTok to make legal actions by filing a lawsuit against the U.S. administration. It was filed by ByteDance in the Federal District Court of California, claiming that the U.S government deprived the company of due process.
“We do not take suing the government lightly; however, we feel we have no choice but to take action to protect our rights, and the rights of our community and employees,” ByteDance stated in the filing. “Our more than 1,500 employees across the U.S. pour their hearts into building this platform every day.”
Tiktok explains in a blog post that the lawsuit against the administration is due to the failure to follow due process. The Chinese company also claims that the identified threat by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. was based on “outdated news articles.” Furthermore, it added that the government failed to acknowledge the documents TikTok provided, implying the security of the data.
ByteDance is not the only Chinese company that has been battling with the U.S. administration. Other big companies, such as WeChat and Huawei, also experienced the same struggle. Huawei, sued the Federal Communications Commission last year after the company got banned from trading with American companies.