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UK bans TikTok on government devices over data security fears

March 16, 2023

Social media app TikTok has been banned on UK government electronic devices, the Cabinet Office has announced. The ban, announced by the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Oliver Dowden, comes in the wake of a security review into the risks posed to government data by social media apps on devices along with the potential for sensitive information to be accessed and used by some platforms. The move follows other Western countries who have barred the Chinese-owned video app over security concerns and increasing fear that user data from the app (owned by Beijing-based company ByteDance) could end up in the hands of the Chinese government.

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