Mobile apps have changed our modern lives, often making things better, but sometimes worse, according tomedia. This is especially true for applications that collect user information in exchange for entertainment or free services. The United States Government is particularly interested in this phenomenon, especially when these applications involve data from U.S. citizens.
Lawmakers are now asking whether Apple and Google, the companies that run the world’s two largest app stores, are requiring app developers to disclose their ties to foreign countries. Rep. Stephen Lynch wrote to Apple and Google separately asking if they were asking app developers to disclose any contacts with governments and countries outside the United States. This is mainly a reaction to some of the most famous applications, especially TikTok and the new Grindr. Lynch believes they could pose a threat to U.S. national security. Although links to government activities have not yet been fully established, he believes that applications from other countries have been found to have collected more user data than they need.
Neither company has publicly responded to inquiries. Media say this could lead to legislation that would require both Apple and Google, both U.S. companies, to actively and strictly censor apps based on their country of origin or foreign relations.