TikTok decision from Australia – Breaking News

Australia has become the latest member of the electronic intelligence alliance known as the “Five Eyes”, which bans the use of the Chinese social media platform TikTok on federal government devices due to security concerns.

The decision came after the “Five Eyes” members US, Canada, England and New Zealand took similar steps regarding bans.

Attorney General Mark Dreyfus said in a statement that this ban would go into effect “as soon as possible”, on the advice of intelligence and security agencies.

First signed between the US and England in 1946; The “electronic intelligence” alliance known as UKUSA, expanded to include the participation of Canada, Australia and New Zealand, is referred to as the Five Eyes.

TIKTOK IS ON THE AGENDA FOR SECURITY AND PRIVACY CONCERNS

TikTok faces serious restrictions due to security and privacy concerns that it could be used to spread pro-Chinese views and access user information.

The executive body of the European Union (EU), the European Commission, imposed a TikTok ban on its employees on February 23 due to security concerns.

After the European Commission and the Council, the European Parliament, one of the EU institutions, banned the Chinese social media platform TikTok due to concerns about the safety of its employees.

NorwayIn , Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl had to apologize for not reporting that she had installed the state-assigned TikTok app on her phone.

Denmark The Defense Ministry has banned its employees from using the Chinese social media platform TikTok on devices used in official services as part of cybersecurity measures.

India also banned the use of many Chinese apps in the country in 2020, including TikTok and messaging app WeChat, citing privacy and security concerns.

TICKTOK BAN EXTENDED

In the US, many government agencies, including the White House, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department, have banned TikTok without waiting for a vote in Congress in December 2022.

The US House of Representatives also banned downloading and using the TikTok application on official devices used by its members and employees on December 28, 2022.

Aside from Congress and the US armed forces, more than half of US states have also banned the app from official devices.

In addition to the US, Canada, the UK and New Zealand have also taken similar steps regarding bans.

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