Australia bans TikTok on government devices
Australia is the latest nation to join a slew of countries in trying to ban TikTok due to worries that it might be providing the Chinese government with access to private information.
ByteDance, a Chinese company, owns an application that has been blocked from use in government devices in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom due to security-related reasons.
Apart from the previously mentioned nations, Canada, New Zealand, France, the Netherlands and the European Commission have also taken similar actions.
Mark Dreyfus, the Attorney General of Australia, has announced that the country will be following the advice of its intelligence agencies on a matter and implementation will occur swiftly.
Security researchers caution that the app, which has more than 1 billion users, can be employed to acquire sensitive information and pass it on to Chinese government.
In December 2022, TikTok admitted to collecting user data to monitor journalists, a move which it characterized as being “rooted in xenophobia”. Nevertheless, the app has been facing bans in various countries due to these concerns.
Earlier in 2023, the Australian government declared they were removing numerous Chinese-made surveillance cameras from their politicians’ offices due to safety concerns.