the European Commission bans the application from its members
The European Commission has just announced the prohibition for its staff to use TikTok on their professional smartphone, or even their personal devices in certain cases. Like the American authorities, the organization suspects the application of collecting too much personal data.
If TikTok is today one of the most popular applications, if not the most popular in the world, the latter continues to attract the mistrust of the authorities. Already in the United States, the social network is under the radar of the Biden administration as well as several states, some of which have not hesitated to ban it permanently. For its part, Europe no longer hides its distrust of the Chinese platform.
At the end of November, the Commission indeed opened an investigation aimed at determining the volume and nature of the data collected by TikTok. Visibly worried, its leaders also went to Brussels to try to look good to the commissioners. Without success. Today, the sentence fell for the application. Commission members are now banned from using TikTok.
TikTok no longer has a place in the European Commission
“In order to protect the Commission’s data and strengthen its cybersecurity, the European Commission’s Management Board has decided to suspend the TikTok application on corporate devices and personal devices registered with the Commission’s mobile device services. the Commission “the organization informed its staff in an email consulted by EURACTIV.
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The members of the Commission thus have 15 days from today to remove the application from all their professional devices, as well as those using certain services distributed by the latter. For the time being, this ban only concerns the internal structure of the Commission. TikTok remains available on all app stores.
“We are disappointed with this decision which we believe is misguided and based on fundamental misconceptions,” the Chinese firm responded. “We contacted the Commission to set the record straight and explain how we protect the data of the 125 million people across the EU who come to TikTok every month. »