Senate bill would ban TikTok from government phones – Naked Security


On Thursday, two US senators introduced a bill that would ban all federal employees from using the Chinese singing/dancing/jokey platform on government phones.

The bill comes from Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Rick Scott (R-FLA). It would expand on current TikTok bans from the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The bans have been put in place due to cybersecurity concerns and possible spying by the Chinese government.

A statement from Hawley:

TikTok is owned by a Chinese company that includes Chinese Communist Party members on its board, and it is required by law to share user data with Beijing. The company even admitted it collects user data while their app is running in the background – including the messages people send, pictures they share, their keystrokes and location data, you name it. As many of our federal agencies have already recognized, TikTok is a major security risk to the United States, and it has no place on government devices.

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