Former California Congressman Jeff Denham, a a senior public policy analyst at Dentons, represents TikTok as president Joe Biden supports a push to ban the social media platform unless its Chinese owner ByteDance divests the video app.
TikTok, which is used by more than 100M Americans, has been trying to hammer out a deal with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States for the past two years.
Its critics fear that TikTok passes data about American users to China’s government, or that the platform could be used to spread Chinese propaganda.
TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew is scheduled to testify before the House energy and commerce committee next week. He will be questioned about data security practices and TikTok’s relationship with China’s government.
The UK on March 16 banned the TikTok app from government devices as a “precautionary move.” That move follows similar bans put into place on US, Canada and EU government devices.
Denham, a four-term Congressman and member of the Republican leadership team, joined Dentons on Feb. 1.