Mr Pompeo claimed anything posted on the app would “end up in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party,” warning that China has become an “evil” empire. The Chinese social media app has come under intense scrutiny after the US announced it is considering banning it.
TikTok’s executive Kevin Mayer, a former Disney executive, has claimed the app does not store user data in China, according to the BBC.
The app has also claimed it would not hand over user data to the Chinese government if it was asked to.
However, Mr Pompeo told The Sun: “It’s not possible to have your personal information flow across a Chinese server without the rest of that information ending up in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
He urged the UK to pay more attention to how it transmits data, and said the US was working with “like-minded democracies” to establish “trusted networks”.
Mr Pompeo said user data on TikTok ends up with the Chinese government
Mr Pompeo added: “The way in which freedom-loving democracies behave – whether in the military space, the diplomatic space, the commercial space – the Chinese Communist Party simply isn’t behaving in that way.
“Confronting evil is hard. It requires communicating to your people. There are real costs on the nations that confront it.”
Mr Pompeo made a distinction between the Chinese population and the Chinese government, adding: “I’ve always talked about this being the Chinese Communist Party driving this bad behaviour.”
Mr Pompeo’s visit to the UK saw the US official discuss security and China with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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Mike Pompeo visited the UK to discuss security, China, and more.
It was the Secretary of State’s first visit to the UK since the coronavirus lockdown, and came just days after the government announced it would remove Huawei technology from its 5G network by 2027.
UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden also confirmed no new Huawei 5G kit could be purchased after December 31 this year.
Mr Pompeo praised the move in a statement. He said: “We welcome news that the United Kingdom plans to ban Huawei from future 5G networks and phase out untrusted Huawei equipment from existing networks.
“With this decision, the UK joins a growing list of countries from around the world that are standing up for their national security by prohibiting the use of untrusted, high-risk vendors.
The UK has said Huawei equipment must be removed from 5G systems by 2027
“We will continue to work with our British friends on fostering a secure and vibrant 5G ecosystem, which is critical to transatlantic security and prosperity.”
Chinese ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming criticised the ban, saying the UK had “succumbed to pressure” over its Huawei ban, and suggested its foreign policy was too closely tied to the US’.
He said: “Britain can only be great Britain when it has an independent foreign policy.”
Liu Xiaoming said the UK had “succumbed to pressure” over its Huawei ban