Online Tutoring Service Under Fire due to Ties with China


The online tutoring service has come under scrutiny due to its ownership being based in China. The U.S. Senate is investigating the company and looking to ban any agreement between it and federally funded schools. The significant risk when doing business with companies based in China comes from the CCP’s privacy regulations that mandate companies to turn over all foreign and domestic user data if the Party asks. The company can turn over U.S. citizens’ data to another nation’s government. This issue is similar to that of TikTok; hence, the app is banned on all U.S. government-owned devices. Higher education institutions must pay attention to the ownership of their vendors to reduce the risk of operating disruptions if larger-scale bans on Chinese vendors occur in the U.S.

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