Sen. Tim Scott pushes bill that would require disclosure of apps' country of origin

2023-05-30 18:37:54  • 3 mins

Key Points

  • Republican senators led by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., introduced legislation to require app stores to list apps' country of origin.
  • The proposed bill came days after Scott announced he's running for president.
  • Scott has previously called for the U.S. to cut ties between TikTok and China-based parent company ByteDance.

Likely Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) speaks at a campaign town hall meeting at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., May 8, 2023.

Brian Snyder | Reuters

WASHINGTON Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., is pushing for more transparency from social media applications amid privacy concerns about China-based apps like TikTok.

The Know Your App Act aims to increase consumer awareness of the ownership of apps by requiring stores like Google Play and the Apple App Store to identify each applications' country or origin. The bill, introduced Tuesday, comes days after Scott announced his bid for the presidency.

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