The American Privacy Protection (APP) Act will require that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ensure that all companies that release applications reveal the country of origin and where data collected by the smartphone app is stored.
“Apps backed by our adversaries, including TikTok and WeChat, pose huge security risks to Americans’ data and security,” Scott said.
“American consumers should know where the apps they download are created, and where the data being collected is stored,” he added. “I’m proud to join Senator Cortez Masto today to introduce the APP Act and make sure Americans have the information available to protect themselves from this risk.”
“As smartphones play a bigger role in Nevadans’ everyday lives, consumers are increasingly sharing their personal data with unknown app developers — sometimes with companies in Russia, China or elsewhere, that might share Nevadans’ personal data with those governments,” Cortez Masto said.
“I have given the deal my blessing,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Sept. 20 before departing for a campaign rally in North Carolina. “I approved the deal in concept.”
In August, Trump signed an executive order requiring that TikTok be bought by a U.S. company within 45 days or be banned from the United States.
Scott has been vocal about the Chinese Communist Party’s malicious intent toward the United States and the security risks attached to doing business with the economic giant. The senator has gone so far as to say that the United States should stop all business ties with the country.