Calls for Australia Government to prohibit TikTok amid fears its sharing users' data with China

There have been calls for the Australian Government to prohibit social media app TikTok over national security and spying concerns.

Bosses of the video-sharing platform are reportedly being asked to appear before a Senate inquiry amid fears it's sharing users' data with Beijing.

But the Chinese-owned company insists it never shares information with foreign Governments.

The social media app had already moved to distance itself from Beijing after India banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, last week.

In a statement on Monday, Lee Hunter, the general manager of TikTok Australia, denied the spying claims.

"TikTok does not share information of our users in Australia with any foreign Government, including the Chinese Government, and would not do so if asked," he said, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald. "We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity."

The statement was issued after a report by Australian newspaper the Herald Sun, which quoted an MP accusing the app of discretely collecting data for the Chinese Communist Party. The report did not name the MP.

In his statement, Hunter played up TikTok's privacy record, insisting data from Australian TikTok users' was kept in Singapore.

"We always welcome the opportunity to meet with policymakers to talk about TikTok, including the steps we're taking to make it an even safer and more creative place," he said.

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison told radio station 2GB that citizens should be conscious.

"I think it's right for people to have an increased awareness of where these platforms originate and the risks they present."