U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after reports that Americans' TikTok data was accessed in China.

“When it comes to the Chinese Communist Party, data security is as fake as Santa Clause and the Tooth Fairy. Chinese apps collect massive amounts of data and by law the Chinese Communist Party can access that data whenever it wants. This is how surveillance-state techno-authoritarianism works and why it’s critical we decouple ByteDance’s ownership and control over TikTok operations here in the US. The United States — both public and private sectors — have to start taking this seriously.”