"" Due to concerns about cyber security, TikTok would be restricted from all parliamentary devices.

Due to concerns about cyber security, TikTok would be restricted from all parliamentary devices.

Although the software can still be used on personal phones not connected to the WiFi, TikTok will be barred from the devices and network of the Parliament.


The most recent restriction on the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok would prevent it from being used on devices and networks within the Parliament. The House of Commons and House of Lords commissions have declared that they will adopt the government's decision regarding official devices, citing the necessity for cyber security.


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TikTok "will be prohibited from all parliamentary devices and the larger parliamentary network," according to a legislative spokesman. However, he said, "We do not comment on specific aspects of our cyber or physical security measures, rules, or incidents. Cyber security is a major priority for Parliament.


For non-parliamentary Wi-Fi-enabled personal devices, TikTok can still be used. Iain Duncan Smith, a former head of the Conservative Party, applauded the decision but demanded that the ministers' devices be included in the ban. He wrote on Twitter that it was wise to prohibit TikTok on ALL legislative devices.


TikTok should now be barred from ministers' phones, according to the Parliament's strong stance after the app was banned from government phones. Scotland likewise made a similar decision, banning TikTok on government phones and other devices.


John Swinney, the deputy first minister, noted that there is now little need for employees to use TikTok on company-issued smartphones. "This ban will be put into effect right away. It excludes staff members and the public's gadgets.

At a US Congressional committee hearing on data and security, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew claimed that the business had been "unfairly singled out."


The security and data privacy of the video-sharing app has come under increased scrutiny due to worries that it could be used to spread pro-Beijing ideologies or collect user data, both of which TikTok vehemently denies.


Due to worries about potential cyberattacks, the US Congress, the EU Commission, and more than half of the US states have already passed legislation banning staff phones. The UK government last week followed suit.


China expressed outrage at Downing Street's decision, claiming that it was made "based on its political motive rather than facts" and would "ultimately undermine the UK's interests."

According to TikTok, the bans are "based on fundamental misunderstandings and driven by broader geopolitics, in which TikTok, and millions of users in the UK, have no part."



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