It became known that Great Britain for reasons of national security will ban the use of the popular short video service TikTok on smartphones and other government devices. About it writes Bloomberg, citing a statement by UK Cabinet Secretary Oliver Dowden.
UK wants to ban TikTok on government phones immediatelyDowden wrote on his Twitter account, adding that this step was necessary for security reasons.
The decision to ban TikTok reportedly came after a review commissioned by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Based on the results of the review, the Commission concluded that “the existence of a risk associated with access and use of sensitive government data by certain platforms”. Additionally, government device owners can only access third-party apps from a pre-approved list.
At the same time, the ban on using TikTok does not apply to government employees’ personal devices. The move is another sign that Western countries are concerned about the potential national security risks posed by TikTok and its owner ByteDance, a Chinese company. Last year, the US Congress restricted the use of TikTok on government devices. The European Commission also prohibited its employees from using the app on work devices.