TikTok ban on Federal Emplyees devices in the US!
Ever since the epicentre of the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic was determined as the Wuhan Province of China, there has been a widespread negative sentiment against the country! This has also been made stronger by Chinese aggression on the borders of other countries, mainly India. There was a major clash between the armed forces of India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on the Indo-China border in the Ladakh region. Immediately after this, there was a widespread call from across India to ban all Chinese products and stop importing anything from there. The Indian government also banned the use of 59 Chinese apps, citing security issues and these apps including the very populat short video messaging app TikTok were taken off the Google PlayStore & Apple App Store!
After this news came out, there were reports that many other countries like the United States of America and Australia were also planning to follow suit and ban Chinese apps, mainly TikTok! There were calls from many US senators and lawmakers to ban these apps and it looks like their calls have been answered now, atleast to an extent! A latest report states that a US Senate Panel has approved a legilation banning the use of TikTok on any government devices, including the devices of all federal employees! The "No TikTok on Government Devices Act" was introduced by Senator Josh Hawley and was passed unanimously by the US Senate Committee. Senator Hawley has been advocating a ban on all Chinese apps and products for quite some time now.
This decision taken by the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, is based on their fears for the security of users' personal data! This bill will next be taken up by the US Senate for a vote. There have been widespread speculations over the safety of users' data on TikTok and some reports state that the US government fears that this personal data could be easily accessible by government officials of Beijing! Though TikTok's parent company ByteDance has reiterated that it has not and will not provide any user data to the Chinese government, the fears are based on a Chinese law introduced in 2017, which states that all companies in China have an obligation to support and cooperate in the country's national intelligence network! With the bill passing in the House and obtaining the approval of the Senate Committee, this prohibition can soon be expected to turn into a law, in the US! Stay tuned for updates...