Last week, in its most high-profile effort yet to focus attention on data privacy and security, the House Committee on Energy & Commerce held a hearing with TikTok’s CEO Shou Zi Chew.   The full-Committee hearing was high drama, with sharp statements and accusations about TikTok’s connections to the Chinese government, wide attendance by Committee members, and extensive press coverage during the hearing and afterwards. Some members (notably Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers) called for TikTok to be banned from the U.S., while others asked pointed questions without committing to support a ban. Members also used the opportunity to push for federal privacy legislation (and specifically the bipartisan ADPPA), which they said would help to address the dangers posed by Big Tech companies like TikTok.

Overall, the hearing did a far better job of illuminating members’ concerns than in gathering information. Many questions were too broad, complex, or accusatory to be answered in a “yes” or “no” fashion (as frequently requested by Committee members). And at times, Chew was simply evasive. Nevertheless, the hearing highlighted, once again, bipartisan concerns surrounding TikTok, national security, children’s safety, and privacy.

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