Independent of their Apps, bad actors banned by various executive orders have pixels/trackers on everyday websites 

“[China can] manipulate content, and if they want to, to use it for influence operations” – FBI Director Chris Wray 

“To maintain the security of data owned by the state of Nebraska, and to safeguard against the intrusive cyber activities of China’s communist government, we’ve made the decision to ban TikTok on state devices.” – NB Governor Pete Ricketts

“Protecting citizens’ data is our top priority, and our IT professionals have determined, in consultation with federal officials, that TikTok raises multiple flags in terms of the amount of data it collects and how that data may be shared with and used by the Chinese government” – OH Governor Doug Burgum

“South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us,” – SD Governor Kristi Noem

“Maintaining the cybersecurity of state government is necessary to continue to serve and protect Oklahoma citizens and we will not participate in helping the Chinese Communist Party gain access to government information” – OK Governor Ken Stitt

US States with Bans on ByteDance/TikTok

Figure 1 above reflects the extent of bans in the states in color, those with pending bans in gray, and those with no bans in white.  Over half of US States have banned TikTok on any devices used by their agencies. Table 1 below shows companies whose apps are banned by US Federal and US State Governments.  

Banned companies by US Federal Government & State Governments (as of Jan 15, 2023)

Table 2 below shows the percentage of websites by sector using pixels/trackers and/or scripts/libraries that are associated with companies banned by executive orders; and/or send user data to those same banned companies. 

Logically, the ban should extend to these companies’ software applications regardless of form and, therefore, their pixels and tracking tools. This is because these same pixels and tools are collecting and transferring data from websites.  Having these pixels/trackers download into user’s browsers from one’s website is a risk.

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