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Ban on TikTok. Stanisław Żaryn talks about the situation in Poland

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Currently, there are no clear recommendations in Poland to ban the use of TikTok, Stanisław Żaryn, government plenipotentiary for the security of the information space of the Republic of Poland, told PAP. “We analyze various types of Chinese technologies or telecommunications products” – he added.

On Thursday, it was reported that the employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Latvia cannot use the Chinese TikTok app on work devices for security reasons. Previously, similar decisions were made in USA, Canada and the European Commission. The government plenipotentiary for the security of the information space, Stanisław Żaryn, was asked if there were any recommendations in Poland regarding the use of such Chinese applications, and whether this issue was being analysed. Zaryn said that “At the moment, there are no clear recommendations regarding the ban on TikTokHe also noted that in the past, recommendations were issued by the Polish services regarding other Chinese services or technologies. – We analyze various types of Chinese technologies or telecommunications products, we deal with companies that operate under a very specific legal regime – noted the government plenipotentiary for information space security.

TikTok. Employees of Polish diplomacy are not prohibited

He pointed out that Chinese law requires telecommunications companies to cooperate with local services.

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– Therefore, those technologies that are produced by Chinese telecommunications giants must be treated as something more risky than those technologies that do not have such a baggage of risk – emphasized Żaryn. In turn, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Łukasz Jasina, responding to the PAP’s question in the context of the decision of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that employees of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs are not prohibited from using TikTok. Government spokesman Piotr Müller said on Thursday on Radio Wnet that Poland had asked the European Commission for “information about technical aspects” that justified the decision to ban employees from using TikTok. – We are waiting for a response from the EC – replied Müller. He added that “generally, the application installation policy on work devices is limited and does not apply only to TikTok.”

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