Australia has joined a growing list of Western nations in banning the use of the Chinese-owned video app, TikTok, on government devices. This move comes amid increasing security concerns over the app's data collection practices.
The ban was announced by Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus on Tuesday and applies to all government-issued devices. It follows similar bans in the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. The Australian government cited "security risks" as the primary reason for the ban.
TikTok has been under scrutiny from governments around the world due to its data collection practices and alleged links to China's Communist Party. The company has denied these allegations, stating that it does not share user data with any foreign governments or organizations.
In response to the ban, TikTok said it was "disappointed" but would continue to work with Australian authorities to address their concerns. It also noted that it had already implemented measures such as two-factor authentication and encryption of user data to ensure its security.
The ban is likely to have an impact on public servants who use TikTok for work purposes, such as sharing information about their departments or engaging with constituents online. However, they will still be able to access the app via personal devices if they choose to do so.
It remains unclear how strictly this ban will be enforced or what penalties may be imposed for those who violate it. For now, it appears that Australia is taking a cautious approach when it comes to regulating TikTok usage among its public servants.