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It's Time to Be a Parent, Not a Pal

on phones do not be a pal to kids


By with Michael R. Shannon Friday, 07 August 2020 03:14 PM Current | Bio | Archive

We wrote earlier this week about how your school children are indoctrination candidates for the leftists controlling government schools. Now we learn your child’s private information is ripe for harvesting by America's prime enemy, communist China.

How many parents regularly check the proliferation of apps on their child’s cellphone?

If the answer is you don’t, now is a good time to start checking.

TikTok is a wildly popular app that has been downloaded over 175 million times in the United States alone.

TikTok is China-based.

For those unfamiliar with yet another strangely named cellphone app, the TikTok website describes the software this way: "TikTok is the destination for short-form mobile videos. Our mission is to capture and present the world's creativity, knowledge, and precious life moments."

Capture would be right.

Kurt "The CyberGuy" Knutsson told Fox News there is no separation or firewalls between corporations and the state in China. You won’t find the Chinese equivalent of Apple telling the government it won’t help unlock a dead terrorist’s phone, because the Chinese head of the company doesn’t want to be arrested.

Knutsson explained, "A 2017 cybersecurity law ensures that any technology company based in China "essentially becomes an arm of the Communist Party for the Chinese government. [The law] says that the government can come in and use really at will any of the data that's there, look at the technology that's there. There’s nothing that is going to stop them from getting into personal-private data that your kids are putting up on TikTok."

This Chines Communist Party spying on a massive scale in the U.S. is a serious national security issue. It’s also why President Trump has announced he will issue an order banning TikTok, "As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States. I have that authority . . . It’s going to be signed tomorrow."

Rumor has it that the corporate Chinese owner of TikTok, a company called ByteDance, may circumvent the ban by selling itself to Microsoft.

Although we don’t see how moving app ownership from a communist country actively hostile to the U.S. to a multinational corporation with no particular loyalty to the U.S. is an improvement.

Hobson’s Choice: Would you rather have your children’s data in the hands of the communists in China or the corporatists in Microsoft?

If that’s not ominous enough, Knutsson says there could be less than meets the eye in Trump’s ban, "The CyberGuy pointed out that whether the president 'follows through' or has the 'infrastructure to switch [TikTok] off or not' is a different question."

Our advice is don’t wait for the president.

You pay for your child's phone, right?

Take it and delete TikTok yourself.

It’s time to be a parent and not a pal.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read Michael Reagan's Reports — More Here.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)". Read Michael Shannon's Reports — More Here.

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