TikTok banned from devices of European Commission employees
New setback for TikTok. Already on an ejection seat in the United States, the Chinese application is arousing growing mistrust in Europe. Proof of this is that the European Commission has asked all its employees to uninstall TikTok from their professional but also personal devices, if applications related to their work are installed there, reveals Euroactiv after consulting an email sent to European officials on Thursday 23 February.
TikTok is a video clip sharing social network that has quickly established itself as a leader in this field, available as a mobile application, you can take it with you anywhere.
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The EU executive cites data protection concerns to justify the move. Indeed, Brussels is concerned about the risks induced by the use of TikTok, which could be the source of cyber threats targeting the European Commission’s IT services. Therefore, employees of the latter are urged to remove TikTok from their devices as soon as possible and no later than March 15. If this deadline is not met, the applications used in the context of their functions, such as the Commission’s mailbox and Skype for Business, will be deactivated.
Towards a broader ban in the wake of the United States?
This decision is a new blow for TikTok, whose future already seems compromised across the Atlantic. “We are disappointed with this decision, which we believe is wrong and based on fundamental misconceptions. We have contacted the Commission to set the record straight and explain how we protect the data of the millions of people who visit TikTok every months across the EU”said a spokesperson for the Chinese application toEuroactiv. To date, the platform claims more than 150 million active users per month on the Old Continent.
European TikTok officials are now hoping that Brussels will not go further in its actions against the application of short videos, already in bad shape in the United States. And for good reason, its use has already been banned on the devices of American civil servants, but also in the House of Representatives and the Senate. This could be a first step before a total banishment on American territory, even if the Biden administration refrains for the moment from making its final decision in this explosive file, which is at the heart of the tensions between Beijing and Washington.