The European Commission has decided to ban the use of the TikTok application for all its employees as of Thursday. The measure has been taken as a precaution to protect against possible cybersecurity threats and preserve the institution. The European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, explained that the Commission has had a strong interest in cybersecurity since the beginning of its mandate and that there are “some reasons to take this decision.” The measure will apply only to employees’ corporate devices; nothing has been mentioned about their personal phones.
Employees will have until March 15 to remove the app from their corporate devices. The decision has been taken mainly because of Brussels’ fear that third parties could exploit the app against the Commission’s corporate environment. It has also been announced that other social networks will also be examined. The action was taken after the controversy in the United States over the use of TikTok erupted after it was revealed that the company Bytedance spied on journalists.
The measure has already been implemented in several US states and at institutions such as the University of Florida. Although nothing has been mentioned about the impact of the measure on other tech giants, Brussels has been putting the spotlight on TikTok and several other social networks. The Commission has implemented the measure as part of its strict internal policies on cybersecurity in the use of mobile devices in work-related communications.
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