The European Parliament has decided to ban the use of the Chinese video-sharing app TikTok on the work phones of its employees, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing an interview with an official. The ban will also apply to private devices in some cases.
The interlocutor of the Reuters Agency explained that the ban on the use of the TikTok application will also apply to private devices with installed parliamentary mail. An official decision on this matter is to be announced soon.
TikTok on censored
Last week, a ban on the use of TikTok by employees was introduced decided by the European Commission and the Council of the EU.
Changes are also being introduced in other continents. The National Post reported that the Chinese TikTok application will be removed from the official phones of employees of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Tuesday, and the possibility of using it will be blocked.
In turn, the White House ordered government agencies to eliminate the TikTok app from federal devices and systems within 30 days. The director of the Office of Management and Budget Shalanda Young justified the decision to remove TikTok with concerns about the security of American data. They also banned India Reuters reported.
Data usage concerns
The owner of the TikTok application is the Chinese company ByteDance, and the growing concern stems from the fact that Chinese companies are required by law to share their data with the government in Beijing. The second reason is the scope of user data collected by the Chinese application.
The EC and the EU Council are concerned that the Chinese government could use the application, for example, to support its interests. Beijing regularly denies any such intentions.
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