Australia bans TikTok from federal government devices

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  • Under the European Parliament’s ban, which took effect last month, lawmakers and staff were also advised to remove the TikTok app from their personal devices.India imposed a nationwide ban on TikTok and dozens of other Chinese apps, including the messaging app WeChat, in 2020 over privacy and security concerns.
  • The company has disputed accusations it collects more user data than other social media companies, and insists that it is run independently by its own management.The European Parliament, European Commission and the EU Council, the 27-member bloc’s three main institutions, have also imposed bans on TikTok on staff devices.
  • The ban came shortly after a clash between Indian and Chinese troops at a disputed Himalayan border killed 20 Indian soldiers and injured dozens.In early March, the U.S. gave government agencies 30 days to delete TikTok from federal devices and systems.
  • CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has become the last of the “Five Eyes” security partners to ban the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok from its federal government’s devices.
  • The ban applies only to government devices, though some U.S. lawmakers are advocating an outright ban.
  • More than half of the 50 U.S. states also have banned the app from official devices, as have Congress and the U.S. armed forces.
By ROD McGUIRK Associated PressCANBERRA, Australia (AP) Australia has become the last of the Five Eyes security partners to ban the Chineseowned videosharing app TikTok from its federal governm [+2037 chars]