ByteDance user data: Ex-employee claims China’s CCP had ‘supreme access’ to all data

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Article written by Laura He Ramishah Maruf, Laura He, Ramishah Maruf, via on 15 May 2023

China’s Communist Party had “supreme access” to all data held by TikTok’s parent company Bytedance, including on servers in the United States, a former employer who is bringing a wrongful termination lawsuit has alleged.
Yintao “Roger” Yu filed a lawsuit of wrongful termination against Bytedance in Superior Court in San Francisco earlier this month.
Yu’s lawsuit alleges that the company made user data accessible to China’s Communist Party via a backdoor channel, no matter where the data was located.
Yu worked for ByteDance Inc. for less than a year and his employment ended in July 2018,” which Yu disputed in his complaint.
So the risk would be similar to any government going to an American company, asking for data,” Chew said at the hearing.

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