As we inch forward towards Congress and others shutting down US access to the app TikTok, there have been claims of Chinese spying. Now, a former TikTok employee has turned whistleblower, claiming that 100 million US users of the app have had their personal data available to China-based employees. TikTok has been scrambling to develop a $1.5 billion restructuring plan to move the app to Oracle servers based onshore. This plan is named Project Texas, seemingly due to the laws set down by Texas, but that whistleblower has noted that the overall app should have to be re-engineered to truly protect the data, due to how many components and code references lead to offshore servers. TikTok denies this, in standard form for companies in the communist country, whenever anything goes against the party line.

In an exclusive interview with The Washington Post, the former employee, who worked for six months in the company’s Trust and Safety division ending in early 2022, said the issues could leave data from TikTok’s more than 100 million U.S. users exposed to China-based employees of its parent company ByteDance, even as the company races to implement new safety rules walling off domestic user information.

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