TikTok and Data Privacy; Should Africa Be Concerned

Gabbie Odonkor

TikTok and Data Privacy – In this episode of Wired Mind with Gabbie Tech, we delve into the potential risks associated with the popular social media app, TikTok. Many concerns have been raised about the app’s parent company, ByteDance, being based in China and the potential sharing of user data with the Chinese government. While there is no concrete evidence of this happening, the vast amount of data collected by TikTok and other social media companies raise valid concerns.⁠

Governments around the world have implemented restrictions or even banned TikTok on government-issued devices due to security concerns. However, TikTok has taken measures to address these concerns, such as routing data from U.S. users to servers controlled by Oracle and storing backups of data in servers located in the U.S. and Singapore.


So, should African governments and users be mindful of the potential threats posed by TikTok? It ultimately depends on whether they are concerned about data privacy issues and plans to implement similar restrictions on government-issued devices. However, it’s important to note that the article we discussed did not provide any specific concerns related to African countries or users.

Join us for an informative discussion on the potential risks associated with TikTok and what steps are being taken to address them.

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Gabriel Djabatey Odonkor , known professionally as Gabbie Odonkor, is a Ghanaian blogger, freelance journalist, and reporter.
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