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New Zealand blocks TikTok on government devices citing security fears

TikTok ban: New Zealand banned Chinese-owned video-sharing platform TikTok on official government device for security reasons, The New york Times reported. Earlier United States, the UK had restricted the Chinese app citing security threat to their countries. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Dowden described the restriction as “precautionary” in parliament, despite the fact […]

Edited By : Divya Richa | Updated: Mar 21, 2023 14:35 IST
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TikTok ban: New Zealand banned Chinese-owned video-sharing platform TikTok on official government device for security reasons, The New york Times reported. Earlier United States, the UK had restricted the Chinese app citing security threat to their countries.

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Dowden described the restriction as “precautionary” in parliament, despite the fact that the United States, the European Union’s executive arm, Canada, and India had already taken similar measures.

According to The New York Times, Dowden stated that social networking apps collect and retain massive amounts of user data such as contacts, digital files, and geolocation data on government devices that can be sensitive.

TikTok has raised more eyebrows than others since Covid because of its owner, the Chinese corporation ByteDance.

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TikTok has raised more eyebrows than others since Covid because of its owner, the Chinese corporation ByteDance.

Britain’s moves reflect widespread concern among Western nations that TikTok may transfer sensitive data from devices used by politicians and top officials with the Chinese government.

The restriction was issued on Thursday, following the announcement of toughening policies in the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called China a “epoch-defining challenge” to the international system on Monday.

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The new mandate applies only to government officials’ official work phones, and Dowden described it as a proportionate way to addressing a possible vulnerability of government data, according to The New York Times.

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First published on: Mar 18, 2023 07:00 AM IST

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