The French government has announced a ban on the use of the popular social media app, TikTok, on smartphones belonging to civil servants. The move comes amid concerns about the security of sensitive government data and follows similar measures taken by other countries around the world.
TikTok, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has faced accusations of collecting user data and sharing it with the Chinese government. While the company has denied these claims, many governments have taken steps to limit the use of the app on government devices.
In France, the ban on TikTok will apply to all smartphones belonging to civil servants, including those used for work purposes. The government has stated that the measure is intended to protect sensitive information and ensure the security of its networks.
The decision was welcomed by many French officials, who expressed concern about the potential risks associated with TikTok. “We cannot take any chances when it comes to the security of our government data,” said one official. “This is a necessary step to ensure that our networks are protected.”
The ban is expected to go into effect in the coming weeks, with civil servants being instructed to delete the app from their devices. It remains to be seen whether other countries will follow France’s lead in limiting the use of TikTok on government devices, but the move is likely to increase pressure on ByteDance to address concerns about its data collection practices.