US, UK and more countries ban TikTok on government devices, here is why

US, UK and more countries ban TikTok on government devices, here is why

The UK has also announced a ban on the Chinese-owned video-making app, TikTok. It will be available for public, but the app's existence is being barred on government devices.

The UK and other countries have banned TikTok on government devices. The UK and other countries have banned TikTok on government devices.
Story highlights
  • The UK has also announced a ban on TikTok for government devices.
  • The European Union and the US has also barred its existence on official devices.
  • India completely banned this video making app in 2020.

It seems that TikTok is again in big trouble considering many countries and regions are banning the app over security concerns. All this has started ever since India barred TikTok in June 2020, citing issues of privacy and national sovereignty. Now, the UK has also announced a ban on this Chinese-owned video-making app.

Although, the ban is only placed for those who use TikTok on government devices and it will be available for public in the country. The UK has followed in the footsteps of the European Union and the US as they fear that the company might leak user data to Chinese government officials. It is being said that government devices have sensitive data and so, Chinese officials could get access to it if the app is not banned.

"We will do so with immediate effect," Cabinet Office minister Oliver Dowden told parliament.

New Zealand will also reportedly ban TikTok on devices that have access to its parliament by the end of March. Unlike these, the Indian government placed a complete ban on TikTok and no one in the country can access it. Since then, apps like Instagram introduced Reels to let people make short videos with music and other filters. Though, it is still not able to provide the level of features and editing options that TikTok offers to users. The video-making app, which got banned in 2020, had about more than 200 million user base.

In its defense, TikTok has always denied claims of it sharing user data with Chinese officials. Theo Bertram, the app's Vice President of government relations and public policy in Europe, told BBC that the decision of ban is being made on "geopolitics than anything else."

"We asked to be judged not on the fears that people have, but on the facts," he said. The embassy also reported that the latest announcement to ban TikTok is because of politics "rather than facts" and would "undermine the confidence of the international community in the UK's business environment."

The UK government has confirmed that it won't be forcing the public not to use TikTok app or uninstall it, but its Cabinet Minister Oliver Dowden has advised people to "consider each social media platform's data policies before downloading and using them."

This is something that Indians should also be careful about. A lot of apps are downloaded from different platforms, but very few check data policies or verify apps before installing them. Users are advised to first check downloads of an app, name of the developer, its privacy policy, comments section and the apps that the same developer might have created. All this might help you find out whether the app you are downloading is genuine or not.

Published on: Mar 17, 2023, 12:29 PM IST
Posted by: BT Siteadmin, Mar 17, 2023, 11:26 AM IST