British Government ministers and civil servants have been banned from using the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok on their work phones and devices over security concerns. The move brings the UK in line with the EU, US and Canada but do you support it? Vote in our poll.
Cabinet Office minister Oliver Dowden announced the decision on Thursday, telling the House of Commons the ban was a “precautionary” move but would have “immediate effect” as there “could” be a risk to how government data and information is used by the app.
He emphasised that the decision was purely for government devices, explaining: “This ban applies to government corporate devices within ministerial and non-ministerial departments, but it will not extend to personal devices for government employees or ministers or the general public. That is because, as I have outlined, this is a proportionate move based on a specific risk with government devices.”
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