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TikTok turns down Pakistan’s single request for user information in 2019

Pakistan’s single request for user information to the Chinese-owned TikTok in 2019 was rejected, the company revealed in the first Transparency Report recently.

The Chinese company had released the user details between January 1, 2019, to June 30, 2019, to India, US, and Japan but rejected Pakistan’s plea.

The US asked the social media app about 79 user data and received 86 percent of the requests during a period of six months.

Whereas, India’s request for 107 user data and 11 requests for content takedowns, of which 47 percent were complied by TikTok in 2019.

It is pertinent to mention that China did not make any request as it does not operate in the country.

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“TikTok is committed to assisting law enforcement in appropriate circumstances while at the same time respecting the privacy and rights of our users,” said Public Policy chief Eric Ebenstein.

TikTok in 2019 received 298 legal requests for information from 28 countries in total, a report revealed.

Nine countries, including Australia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, UK, and the US forwarded 26 requests to remove or restrict content, of which only eight were accepted.

The video app acknowledged 3,345 complaints about copyrights violation and considered 85 percent of the requests valid.

Samra Mazhar

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