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December 13, 2022

TikTok Security Deal’s Prospects Are Clouded by FBI’s Doubts, State Bans

Featuring Emily Kilcrease

Source: Bloomberg

Journalists Daniel Flatley, Emily Birnbaum

Emily Kilcrease, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security who worked on Cfius issues while in government, argues that the Cfius discussion is too far along for any major changes.

“I wouldn’t think that discrete state-level action would change the trajectory of the federal-level review or disposition of the case,” Kilcrease said, noting that even though a handful of states have instituted a ban, most have taken no action.

In that case, the question is more one of timing and whether the administration can satisfy the concerns of Wray and other national security officials. Texas, South Dakota and Maryland are among the states that banned the app on government devices. Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita announced his state filed two lawsuits against TikTok, taking aim at the social media app’s treatment of sensitive user data and underage users.

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  • Emily Kilcrease

    Senior Fellow and Director, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Emily Kilcrease is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at CNAS. Her research focuses on the U.S.-China economic relationship; alignment...