UK Parliament Blocks TikTok App Over Security Concerns
The TikTok app has been blocked on all devices and networks used in the British parliament for security reasons. The decision was announced by a representative of the parliament and was made to protect confidential information. The use of the app on personal devices is allowed, but only if the device is not connected to the parliament’s Wi-Fi network. The government of Scotland has also made a similar decision.
The Secretary of the British Cabinet of Ministers, Oliver Dowden, highlighted that social media apps, including TikTok, collect and store a large amount of information about users, such as contacts, user content, and geolocation. There is a risk that TikTok could use government data for its own purposes, Dowden added.
In addition to the UK, the USA, the European Commission, Belgium, and other countries have also called on civil servants to remove TikTok from their devices due to non-specific security problems. The countries that have prohibited the use of TikTok on government devices are concerned about the app’s potential to compromise confidential information.
It is important for governments to take security measures to protect their confidential information and citizens’ personal data. By banning TikTok on government devices, these countries are taking steps to ensure their security is not compromised.