Australia just announced that it would join other Western countries in banning TikTok on official devices!
Australia To Ban TikTok On Official Devices!
On 4 April 2023, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus announced that Australia will ban TikTok on official devices, “as soon as practicable“.
Dreyfus said that the decision was taken “after receiving advice from intelligence and security agencies“.
The direction will come into effect as soon as practicable. Exemptions will only be granted on a case-by-case basis and with appropriate security mitigations in place.
Australia also made changes to its Protective Security Police Framework (PSPF), noting that TikTok poses a security threat due to its data collection practices.
The TikTok application poses significant security and privacy risks to non-corporate Commonwealth entities arising from an extensive collection of user data and exposure to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflicts with Australian law.
The Australian government, however, said that it will allow the use of TikTok for “a legitimate business reason”,. and on a separate”standalone device”. This move came after a security review of social media apps, including TikTok, was submitted to the Australian government last month.
Before this announcement, over half of all Australian federal government agencies had already banned TikTok on official devices. With this decision, the ban is applied consistently across the Australian government and brings Australia in line with New Zealand, and other Five Eyes member countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, in banning TikTok on official devices. Norway, the European Parliament and NATO also banned TikTok on official devices.
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TikTok Calls Decision Driven By Politics, Not Fact
Before the ban of TikTok on government devices was announced, TikTok Australia and New Zealand Lee Hunter said that the decision was “driven by politics, not fact”.
There is no evidence to suggest that TikTok is in any way a security risk to Australians and should not be treated differently to other social media platforms.
Our millions of Australian users deserve a government which makes decisions based upon facts and who treats all businesses fairly, regardless of country of origin.
TikTok maintains that there is no evidence to suggest that its app posed a security risk.
In June 2022, TikTok was accused of allowing its engineers in Beijing repeatedly access private user data outside of China! Two years earlier – in June 2020, TikTok was even caught spying on what its users typed in other apps, and accused of being malware.
However, there has been no concrete evidence that TikTok contained the kind of sophisticated malware that was recently discovered in the popular Chinese app, Pinduoduo.
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