After Europe, the United States, France and Belgium, it is the turn of the United Kingdom to take action against TikTok. Government officials can no longer have the app on their work phones.
The noose is tightening for TikTok, which is increasingly being excluded by governments across the European continent.
After France and Belgium which followed the ban of the European Union for its employees, the United Kingdom is also doing the same this Thursday, March 16.
UK Bans TikTok From Civil Servants’ Devices
Fears of data leaks caused by TikTok are growing across the world. The app is coming under increasing scrutiny from governments who fear the data could end up in the hands of the Chinese government.
And this Thursday, March 16, the British government’s cybersecurity arm announced an immediate ban on the app on government devices. For our neighbors across the Channel, this is a “precautionary” and “cyberhygiene” measure, as announced by Minister of State Oliver Dowden.
And this measure has an “immediate effect”. In other words, government officials in the UK must remove the app from their work devices today. Even if the use of TikTok is very limited within the government, the country wants to be cautious about the risks that hangs around the Chinese social network.
“Given the particular risk around government devices, which may contain sensitive information, it is both prudent and proportionate to restrict the use of certain applications”, particularly those which access and store a “significant amount of data . “Advanced Oliver Dowden to the British Parliament, according to Les Echos.
Times are tough for the Chinese application, which is seeing mistrust against it grow day by day, so much so that the application could leave the bosom of its parent company ByteDance if the United States is not satisfied with the promises of safeguards to avoid the risk of espionage.
This article is originally published on alloforfait.fr