‘TikTok parent allowed Chinese CP ‘supreme access’ to US data’
Yintao “Roger” Yu, former head of engineering for ByteDance’s US operations alleges he was fired from his gig after raising alarms about the company’s actions to his superiors.
The Chinese Communist Party “maintained supreme access” to all data held by TikTok parent ByteDance, including information stored in the US, a former top executive at the company alleged in a bombshell lawsuit in California state court.
Yintao “Roger” Yu, the former head of engineering for ByteDance’s US operations, alleged he was fired from his gig after raising alarms about the company’s actions to his superiors.
He asserted that ByteDance leadership knew that a special committee within the Chinese government had a “backdoor channel” to access US user data – despite the company’s repeated denials that such a relationship existed, according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by Bloomberg.
Yu also alleged that ByteDance has engaged in an effort to spread propaganda that backed the Chinese Communist Party’s views on TikTok, which has more than 150 million users in the US.
“The Committee maintained supreme access to all the company data, even data stored in the United States,” alleges the lawsuit, filed Friday. “After receiving criticism about access from abroad, individual engineers in China were restricted from accessing U.S. user data, but the Committee continued to have access.”