Alongside a renewed surge of interest in Huawei, some major English-language media outlets are raising the alarm about a seemingly much more frivolous offering: the ByteDance short-video app TikTok.

We’ve covered how the company’s platforms spread misinformation and put minors at risk in important international markets. But the connection between TikTok, which is operated separately from domestic counterpart Douyin, and the Chinese government’s invasive approach towards data is much less clear.

To begin to tackle the issue, we compare the app’s privacy policies at home and abroad. Then we review the most important highlights from recent headlines.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.

Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com