TikTok Banned on French Civil Servants' Phones Amid Cybersecurity Fears.

On Friday, Stanislas Guerini announced that the French government had decided to ban recreational apps like TikTok on the professional phones of civil servants in order to ensure their cybersecurity. He also noted that France's European and international partners had already taken similar measures to restrict or ban TikTok. 

According to Guerini, recreational apps do not have sufficient levels of cybersecurity and data protection for deployment on administrations' equipment. However, exemptions may be given for professional reasons such as institutional communication. Many governments and institutions worldwide have recently banned TikTok, including the White House, UK parliament, Dutch and Belgian administrations, New Zealand parliament, and the governments of Canada, India, Pakistan, Taiwan, and Jordan


US lawmakers and national security officials have raised concerns about TikTok's alleged security risks, claiming that the Chinese government could access user data collected by the app. FBI Director Christopher Wray's statement in November further fueled calls to ban TikTok from government devices due to national security risks. Last month, the European Union's top policy-making institutions, the Commission and the Council, also banned TikTok from staff phones for cybersecurity reasons. Concerns about ByteDance, TikTok's Chinese parent company, accessing users' location and contact data have also grown globally.

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