The UK is set to ban Tiktok from government devices, according to British media on Thursday (March 16th), ahead of an expected midday announcement on "
government device security
The app for sharing short videos, very popular among young people, is accused by its critics of giving Chinese authorities access to user data around the world, which Tiktok disputes.
We also look at what our allies are doing.
Rishi Sunak, British Prime Minister
Asked about it during a recent visit to the US, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the government takes
device security "seriously
We also look at what our allies are doing
,” he added.
reported over the weekend that the government had been recommended by cybersecurity experts for such a ban.
In recent weeks, following in the footsteps of US federal authorities, the European Commission and Parliament have already banned Tiktok from their employees' devices.
China on Wednesday (March 15) urged the United States to stop "unjustified attacks" against Tiktok, after a request by the American government to its Chinese parent company to separate from it under penalty of prohibition for national security reasons.
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Threat to national security
According to the
Wall Street Journal
and other American dailies, the White House has issued an ultimatum: if Tiktok remains in the fold of its owner, the Chinese group Bytedance, it will be banned in the United States.
Tiktok confirmed to AFP that the US government had recommended the application be transferred by its owner.
has so far not provided evidence that Tiktok threatens the national security of the United States
", reacted this Wednesday to the press a spokesperson for Chinese diplomacy, Wang Wenbin.
The United States should stop spreading false information on data security issues, stop unwarranted attacks (against Tiktok) and provide an open, fair, just and non-discriminatory business environment” for foreign companies, the door-keeper added