New Zealand To Ban TikTok
New Zealand is set to prohibit the TikTok app on devices linked to the parliamentary network because of cybersecurity concerns.
They become the latest country in restricting the video-sharing app on government-related devices.
Global concern grows over Chinese government accessing user data through ByteDance, TikTok's parent company.
This week, US President Joe Biden's administration urged TikTok's Chinese owners to sell their ownership shares, warning that the app may be prohibited in the US if they do not.
TikTok will be prohibited in New Zealand on devices having access to the parliament's network by March end. According to Parliamentary Service chief executive Rafael Gonzalez-Montero, this decision came in after conversations with government and global security experts.
"The Service found the risks unsuitable for the New Zealand Parliament environment," he stated after analyzing the data.
He said accommodations can be made for job-related app usage.
No response was received from ByteDance to Reuters comment request.
The UK has banned the app on government phones and US government agencies must delete it from official devices by the end of March.
TikTok spent over $1.5 billion on data security measures and denies spying allegations, stating that recent bans are fueled by geopolitical factors and fundamental misunderstandings.
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