Thu 16 March 2023:
The United Kingdom banned the use of the Chinese video-sharing app TikTok on government electronic devices on Thursday.
Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Dowden told MPs that TikTok would be banned on security grounds immediately, and that the ban would apply to all government corporate devices across all departments.
“The security of sensitive government information must come first, so today we are banning this app on government devices. The use of other data-extracting apps will be kept under review,” he said in a statement.
The move follows similar rules by the US, Canada, Belgium, as well as EU institutions, where authorities have asked to uninstall the app amid security concerns that data may be accessed by China.
“Restricting the use of TikTok on Government devices is a prudent and proportionate step following advice from our cyber security experts,” said Dowden.
While the ban does not apply to personal devices used by government employees, ministers, or the general public, the statement cautioned that individuals should be aware of the data policies of each social media platform.
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