Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Australia bans TikTok on government equipment

The ban is in line with decisions adopted by the US administration or the European Commission.

The Australian government this Tuesday prohibited the installation of the TikTok application on phones and other devices belonging to public authorities, in line with decisions already adopted in recent months by the United States administration or the European Commission.

Australia’s Attorney General, Mark Dreyfus, has clarified that the ban will come into effect “as soon as possible” and that exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis, according to the Australian ABC network.

“After consulting intelligence and security agencies, I have today authorized the Secretary of the Attorney General’s Department to issue a binding order under the protective security policy framework,” he said.

Australia has thus become the latest country from the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance (FVEY, for its acronym in English) – made up of Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States – to block the application.

Fears have grown in the West about the possible use of TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, as a Trojan horse to promote propaganda in favor of China or collect user data, but Beijing has denounced it. That behind this cascade of vetoes he is hiding one. Political intent without any real technical justification.

In December, the social network changed its privacy policy, giving Chinese employees access to European users’ data, though it’s unclear what data these employees have access to and which employees are involved.

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