I’m the father of two young women — so there is a part of me that would be absolutely delighted to see TikTok banned. It is a scarily addictive app with 150 million U.S. users, including two out of three teenagers.
But the more carefully I think about it, the more I worry. And when I look at the legislation being proposed that would enable the U.S. government to ban TikTok, I see a frightening, Orwellian law that should send chills down every American’s spine.
There is a much better way to solve this problem — a comprehensive data privacy law that would protect all Americans’ data and give people the right to stop companies from using, misusing and selling it. Unfortunately, taking on Big Tech is a much more difficult battle than bashing China.