European Commission Bans TikTok From Government-Issued Devices

From PC Mag: The European Commission and Council of the EU have banned staff from using TikTok on government-issued devices for cybersecurity reasons.

Citing growing concerns about the Chinese-owned video sharing app, the policy-making institutions told a combined workforce of about 35,100 workers this week to remove TikTok from official handsets, as well as personal phones with access to EU Council services.

"To protect [the] Commission's data and increase its cybersecurity, the EC Corporate Management Board has decided to suspend the TikTok application on corporate devices and personal devices enrolled in the Commission mobile device service," according to an email published by Politico(Opens in a new window).

Officials are required to remove the app "at their earliest convenience"—as long as that's before March 15, at which point "devices with the app installed will be considered non-compliant with the corporate environment," the memo said. Miss the 2.5-week deadline and certain applications—like the Commission email and Skype for Business—will be bricked.

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