FCC commish: Apple and Google, take down that Chinese app! (video)

From "TikTok should be booted from app stores because of data gathering concerns" which aired on CNBC Wednesday:

Brendan Carr, FCC commissioner, joins 'TechCheck' to discuss what Carr suspects TikTok's collected data is being used for, what the rest of the FCC committee has said on the issue, and if there's a double standard towards companies in China compared to the U.S.

My take: Prodded by CNBC's Kelly Evans, who asked about Apple permitting Chinese customer data to be stored on Chinese state-owned servers, Carr calls out Apple as particularly hypocritical when it comes protecting privacy.


  1. Roger Schutte said:
    Very, very disappointed that CNBC didn’t include the last 2:45 of the full interview because right after where this posted video ends, Jon Forte pressed the commissioner about concerns he has about regulators pressuring companies (Apple + Google) without a specific legal basis or holding hearings or executing a legal process before trying to shut down access to a particular app or a particular company. I don’t care one way or the other about TikTok, but our government needs to do some work and get some specific laws passed before acting solely on an article posted on BuzzFeed.

    June 29, 2022
  2. John Butt said:
    Shockingly duplicitous, you can’t have it both ways but theFCC want to

    I am located in NZ and yet the American govt takes it as a right to access my data on Google, Facebook and Microsoft. What right does the American Govt have over other countries citizens?

    For this reason alone I avoid anything Google but fail. Facebook is very difficult and I removed myself from Office (thank you Apple) and LinkedIn to avoid Microsoft.

    Apple’s newish Hide my email is a solution to this mess but the apps will not be removed from the App Store

    Two rules in world data? Yea right!

    June 29, 2022
  3. Rodney Avilla said:
    I see two separate concerns.
    1. The government need to do due diligence and make sure any demands they make are based on evidence, not just rumor or suspicion.
    2. Apple needs to do their due diligence, whether the government does theirs or not. Apple’s privacy rules are based on Tim Cook’s concern for a Right to Privacy, and not based on government laws or concerns. Apple’s actions towards Facebook was not based on law, but on a belief in the right to privacy.

    June 29, 2022

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