The tug of war between the US government and TikTok continues. The hugely popular Chinese app is deemed a national security risk due to its policies for handling users’ personal data. Already in December, the US Senate had approved the “No TikTok on Government Devices Act”: a law that prohibits federal employees from downloading or using TikTok on government devices.
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Today, however, comes the useful deadline within which the app will necessarily have to be uninstalled from all government devices. The White House has in fact determined that federal agencies will have 30 days to purge smartphones and tablets from the app.
TikTok vs US: The app banned on all government devices
Ansa reports the words of the Office of Management and Budget of the United States, which declared:
“This deadline is critical to addressing the risks the app presents to sensitive government data. The Biden administration has invested in defending our digital infrastructure. The timing is part of the administration’s commitment to protect the safety and privacy of Americans.”
Already in early February, the US senator Michael Bennet had written a letter to the CEOs of Apple and Google, asking them to ban TikTok from its stores. In the letter in question, Bennett cites a report published last June by BuzzFeed News. It alleges that TikTok engineers in China had accessed extensive US user data between September 2021 and January 2022.