Home/ News / World/  TikTok to be blocked from parliamentary devices, networks in UK over cyber security fears: Report

In the latest ban imposed on Chinese-owned social media app TikTok, the app will be blocked from parliamentary devices and networks in the UK, Sky News reported.

The commissions of the House of Commons and House of Lords have announced they will follow the move taken by the government on official devices, citing the need for cyber security, according to Sky News.

As per a parliament spokesman, TikTok "will be blocked from all parliamentary devices and the wider parliamentary network".

"Cyber security is a top priority for parliament, however, we do not comment on specific details of our cyber or physical security controls, policies or incidents," he said, as quoted by Sky News.

The app can still be used on personal devices while on the parliamentary estate, provided the devices aren't connected to the parliament's WiFi network.

The move was welcomed by former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith. He called for the ban to be extended to the personal devices of ministers.

He tweeted: "The decision to block TikTok from all parliamentary devices is welcome, a good decision."

"Given this robust position in parliament following the ban of TikTok from govt phones, it's now time that TikTok is also banned from ministers' personal telephones."

Earlier, amid security concerns, the video-sharing social networking service, Tik Tok has been banned on the phones of New Zealand MPs, Auckland-based daily newspaper, New Zealand Herald reported on Friday.

As per the New Zealand Herald, the chief executive of the Parliamentary Service, Rafael Gonzalez-Montero stated that the "risks are not acceptable" given that strict actions are being taken all over the world, concerning social media service.

The executive informed of the new move to the New Zealand MPs after Britain banned the Chinese-owned video app on government phones with immediate effect, overnight recently.

Due to worries that the Chinese government could access user data from TikTok, which is controlled by the Beijing-based corporation ByteDance, endangering Western security interests, the app has received outrage globally, the Auckland-based newspaper reported.

Responding to a media query over the TikTok ban during a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, "We have expressed concerns over China's potential use of software platforms that could endanger or threaten America's safety and national security so that is the President concerned that is why we have called on Congress to take action."

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Updated: 24 Mar 2023, 06:55 AM IST
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