Australia banned the use of TikTok on government devices

The Government of Australia announced this measure, following the guidelines applied by the United States and the European Commission

The Australian Government prohibited the installation of the TikTok application on phones and other devices linked to the public administration, in line with the decisions that the United States Administration or the European Commission have already adopted in recent months.

Australia’s Attorney General, Mark Dreyfus, explained that the ban will come into effect “as soon as possible” and exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis, according to the Australian ABC network.

“After receiving advice from intelligence and security agencies, I have today authorized the secretary of the Attorney General’s Department to issue a binding order under the Protective Security Policy Framework“, he noted.

Australia thus became the latest country in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance (FVEY), also made up of Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, to block the application.

Fear increased in the West in relation to the possible use of TikTok, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, as a Trojan horse to promote propaganda in favor of China or collect user data, but Beijing denounced that an intention is hidden behind this cascade of vetoes. policy without any real technological justification.

In December, the social network made a change to its privacy policy, which gave Chinese employees access to the data of European users, though it’s unclear exactly what data these employees have access to and which employees are involved.

K. Tovar

Source: Clarin

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