By James Pero For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:02 GMT, 22 November 2019 | Updated: 23:05 GMT, 22 November 2019
The U.S. Army will examine whether Chinese social media platform TikTok is a security threat and ban its cadets from using the app while in uniform.
On Thursday, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said the Army's investigation will fully assess the ties between TiKTok and the Chinese government, particularly in regard to its policy with data sharing.
The inquiry is being launched in response to a letter sent by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
'National security experts have raised concerns about TikTok´s collection and handling of user data, including user content and communications, IP addresses, location-related data, metadata, and other sensitive personal information,' Schumer wrote in a Nov. 7 letter to McCarthy.
Skeptical lawmakers in the US are turning to Chinese social media app TikTok with questions about potential security threats
In the interim, Army cadets will no longer be able to use the app while in uniform according to a report from Task&Purpose.
An Army official told the outlet on Thursday via email that the directorate to stop using TikTok while in uniform has not been made official but has been made apparent to members internally.
This isn't the first case of US officials calling for inquiries into TikTok.
A letter addressed to the US National Security Director from Schumer and Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican, called on intelligence officials to assess the potential risks posed by TikTok last month.
'With over 110 million downloads in the U.S. alone, TikTok is a potential counterintelligence threat we cannot ignore,' wrote the senators in their letter.
'Given these concerns, we ask that the Intelligence Community conduct an assessment of the national security risks posed by TikTok and other China-based content platforms operating in the U.S.'
Among the concerns are both the growing influence of TikTok, owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, and its adherence to an