Because of concerns over inadequate data security safeguards, France stated Friday that it is prohibiting the “recreational” use of TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and other apps on the phones of government employees.
Due to concerns over TikTok’s ties to China, similar limitations have been placed on the popular video-sharing app in democratic nations. But, the French ruling also applied to other platforms that are often used by politicians, government employees, and President Emmanuel Macron.
The employment of “recreational” applications in government administrative services isn’t safe enough, according to French Minister of Transformation and Public Administration Stanislas Guerini, who also stated that they “may create a risk for the protection of data.”
The cybersecurity office of France will keep an eye on the restriction. The announcement did not list the apps that are prohibited but did highlight that TikTok was the target of other government actions before the decision was made.
The Associated Press received a statement from Guerini’s office stating that the restriction will extend to Twitter, Instagram, Netflix, game apps like Candy Crush, and dating apps.
There will be some leeway. An official might ask for permission to use a prohibited app for work-related tasks like public communication.
As an illustration, Guerini tweeted the ban’s announcement.
TikTok has been prohibited on government phones by the U.S., Britain, the European Union, and other countries. Western countries are concerned that Chinese authorities may demand data on overseas users from TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance Ltd., or may promote propaganda in favor of Beijing.
During questioning by American senators on Thursday, the company’s CEO, Shou Zi Chew, denied claims that TikTok or ByteDance are tools of the Chinese government. 60% of ByteDance, according to the business, is held by international institutional investors.
China enacted a regulation in 2017 requiring businesses to provide the government with any personal information pertinent to the nation’s security. There is no proof that TikTok has disclosed such data, but because to the enormous volume of user data it gathers, suspicions abound.