Montana Just Passed A Law Banning TikTok. But Can The State Enforce It?

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  • It says the law is based on unfounded speculation that the Chinese government could access users’ data.“The state cites nothing to support these allegations,” the company’s attorneys wrote.
  • The law, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2024, also faces questions over whether it can be enforced.Five TikTok users sued the state last week saying the law is unconstitutional.
  • Oded Vanunu, head of products vulnerability research at the cybersecurity firm Check Point, agreed it would be difficult for app stores to isolate a single state from downloading an app.
  • David Choffnes with Northeastern University’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute said cell providers may use the same types of IP addresses for multiple states, which could mean someone not in Montana could incorrectly be blocked from TikTok.___AP Technology Writer Frank Bajak contributed to this report from Boston.
  • NEW YORK (AP) — TikTok is challenging Montana’s first-of-its kind law that makes it illegal for people to use the social media app in the state.
  • Penalties would not apply to users.The statewide ban would be void if the social media platform is sold to a company that is not based in a country designated as a foreign adversary.
NEW YORK (AP) Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte on Wednesday signed into law a firstofits kind bill that makes it illegal for TikTok to operate in the state, setting up a potential legal fight with the c [+6791 chars]