Australia joins the US in banning TikTok from government devices

Australia joins the US in banning TikTok from government devices

The Australian government this Tuesday banned the installation of the TikTok app on phones and other devices associated with public administration, in line with decisions already taken by the US administration or the European Commission in recent months.

Australian Attorney General, Mark DreyfussHe made it clear that the ban will come into soon as possibleExceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis, as compiled by the Australian Series abc.

“After receiving advice from the intelligence and security agencies, I have today authorized the Secretary of the Attorney General’s Department to issue a binding order under the Preventive Protection Policy framework,” he said.

Thus, Australia became the last country in the intelligence coalition five eyes (FVEY, for short in English) — also made up of Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States — in the app ban.

TikTok, a danger to the West

Fear has grown in the West about the possible use of TikTok – owned by the Chinese company ByteDance – as a Trojan horse. Promoting pro-Chinese propaganda or collect user databut Beijing denounced the existence of hidden political intent behind these series of vetoes without any kind of real technological justification.

In December, the social network made a change to its privacy policy, that gave Chinese employees access to European user dataalthough it is not clear what data these employees have access to and which employees are involved.

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