The White House has ordered government agencies to eliminate the Chinese TikTok app from federal devices and systems within 30 days. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) protested against the actions of the American administration.
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. Reuters reminds that the ban, ordered by Congress USA late last year, follows similar decisions by Canada, the EU, Taiwan and more than half of the US states.
Canada on Monday ordered the removal of TikTok from all government mobile devices.
TikTok disappears from the devices of American officials
The ban, affecting a small portion of TikTok’s US user base, escalates efforts to ban the app altogether. Concerns over national security have been heightened in recent weeks after a Chinese balloon drifted over US territory, Reuters noted.
The White House decision was justified by chief federal information security official Chris DeRusha. “This is part of the administration’s ongoing commitment to securing our digital infrastructure and protecting the safety and privacy of Americans,” DeRusha explained.
Washington’s decision does not cover the more than 100 million Americans who use Tik Tok on private or company-owned devices.
According to TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance, fears are fueled by misinformation. He denied that he was using the app to spy on Americans.
On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee is scheduled to vote on a bill that would give the president Joe Biden permission to ban TikTok on all devices in the US.
On Monday, the ACLU urged the US Congress not to ban TikTok. “Banning TikTok would violate the First Amendment rights of the millions of Americans who use TikTok to express their views on a daily basis,” the ACLU said on Twitter.
The EC blocks TikTok
Thursday European Commission informed that due to the need to strengthen cyber security EC employees will not be able to use TikTok from mid-March on business phones.
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