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Carter supports passage of bill to combat CCP surveillance of Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7521, the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act, which he was proud to cosponsor:


“Hostile foreign nations should not have control over any application that mines and stores American users’ data - period. I am proud that the House took a bipartisan stand today against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in defense of our children and national security. TikTok will soon have a choice to make – continue allowing the CCP to control your app, or partner with an American or allied foreign nation to continue providing service to U.S. consumers.


“Anyone who thinks that the CCP won’t use TikTok data against Americans has their head in the sand. This is a tool of psychological warfare; and, if it’s on your phone, you’re a target.”


BACKGROUND


H.R. 7521, which passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on a unanimous 50-0 vote and has support from the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, will require that entities with ties to adversarial nations, such as ByteDance, divest ownership of all applications and digital marketplaces, including TikTok, and sell to an American or allied foreign nation company. Within 180 days of being signed into law, applications that fail to meet these criteria and pose a threat to national security will be subject to removal from app stores.


Read the full bill text
here.

Read a ‘Myth v. Fact’ sheet here.



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