With TikTok facing a total US ban, an unlikely US savior emerged in the form of Microsoft.
At issue, according to the US administration is TikTok’s parent company ByteDance being in China and turning over data collected on US TikTok users should the government compel it. ByteDance says they won’t, but legally they probably would have to. TikTok collects a lot of data.
Should you feel that’s a bit of BS and should you not follow security researchers on Twitter, a very good reason for the potential ban includes the app including code to download and execute arbitrary code on Android. We’ll skip all the conjecture about what TikTok could potentially do and just stick with that one.
Should the deal go through, Microsoft would take over at least the US operations of TikTok, audit the code, and provide all the security we’ve come to expect from Microsoft. Yeah I can’t say that with a straight face either.
Microsoft is also looking to acquire TikTok’s services in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. I don’t know how they’re planning on segmenting the thing but my guess is the videos would be universally available and the data and advertising would be to whichever TikTok region you’re in.[NPR]