June 4, 2023

It is no shock to see one other nation banning TikTok from authorities telephones, however France is taking the restrictions a step additional. Le Monde reports the French authorities is banning “leisure” apps like TikTok, Twitter, Netflix and even Sweet Crush from public servants’ gadgets. The apps signify cybersecurity dangers that would jeopardize knowledge for each the workers and the administration, based on the workplace of public service minister Stanislas Guerini.

The federal government hasn’t offered a precise listing of banned apps. Nevertheless, Guerini stated sure there might be some exceptions for the sake of crucial communication. This may not stop a social media group from posting content material, in different phrases. The ban takes impact instantly, however the penalties for defying the rule might be determined on the “managerial stage,” Guerini’s workplace says. The method does not have an effect on private gadgets.

The clampdown comes after the US federal authorities, dozens of states, Canada, the European Fee and the UK have banned TikTok on their employees’ gadgets. In these circumstances, the rationale has been comparable: officers are apprehensive the Chinese language authorities may gather knowledge about essential people, unfold propaganda and compel ByteDance (TikTok’s mum or dad firm) handy over delicate info.

TikTok has repeatedly denied collaborating with the Chinese language authorities. In testimony earlier than a Home committee yesterday, CEO Shou Chew stated ByteDance was “not an agent of China” and that American person knowledge would not be accessible to employees in different international locations by the point a migration mission wraps up later this 12 months.

The French coverage, nevertheless, is not geared toward anyone nation or app class. As an alternative, it represents a normal concern that leisure apps might put authorities knowledge at pointless threat. That is not so scorching for workers hoping to observe Netflix throughout lunch, however it might reassure politicians apprehensive staff may inadvertently expose data by their social media accounts.