A UK minister has requested the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to look into TikTok after governments world wide have begun banning it from their work telephones.
The Chinese-owned video sharing app is more and more beneath the European and US microscope over safety and information privateness, with considerations it could possibly be used to advertise pro-Beijing views or collect consumer information.
The EU Commission and greater than half of US states and Congress have already launched a ban over considerations round potential cyberattacks.
But TikTok has hit again, calling the transfer “misguided and based on fundamental misconceptions”.
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Confirming his request for an investigation into the app, safety minister Tom Tugendhat informed Sky News it was “absolutely essential” to maintain the UK’s “diplomatic processes free and safe”.
He added: “Understanding exactly what the challenges that these apps pose, what they are asking for and how they’re reaching into our lives is incredibly important.”
The Tory MP – who stated he didn’t have the app “for many reasons – the main you can probably guess” – didn’t rule out banning it on authorities telephones, however stated he needed to attend for the conclusions of the NCSC earlier than saying extra.
“Different countries have taken different approaches,” added Mr Tugendhat. “The Indian authorities has banned TikTok and plenty of different apps, the US authorities has taken completely different decisions by way of their authorities telephones… completely different corporations and completely different international locations have taken completely different approaches.
“What certainly clear is that, for many young people, TikTok is now a news source. And just as is quite right that we know who owns the news sources in the UK… it’s important that we know who owns news sources that are feeding into our phones.”