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Australia Bans TikTok on Government Devices

April 5, 2023, 02.38 PM - Australia said on Tuesday, April 4, that it will ban TikTok on all government devices due to national security concerns.

The country has now joined a growing list of Western nations cracking down on the Chinese-owned app.

Attorney General Mark Dreyfus said the ban would be enacted "as soon as practicable," and exemptions would only be granted on a case-by-case basis and with appropriate security measures in place.

China's 2017 Law on data privacy

TikTok is a company based in Beijing and is owned by ByteDance Ltd. Typically, the app, which has more than 1 billion users, is used to share lighthearted videos.

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Initially, many governments saw the app as an efficient tool to connect with a younger demographic, which is seen as hard to reach through traditional media channels.

However, cyber security experts have repeatedly warned that the app could be used to harvest user data that is then shared with the Chinese government.

Fergus Ryan, an analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute called the ban was a "no-brainer."

In 2017, China enacted a law requiring local firms to provide personal data to the state if it is relevant to national security.

"It's been clear for years that TikTok user data is accessible to China," Ryan told the AFP news agency.

Beijing has vehemently denied these allegations.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said in March that China "has never and will not require companies or individuals to collect or provide data located in a foreign country, in a way that violates local law.

Growing list of countries banning TikTok

Australia joins France, Belgium, and the European Commission in announcing a ban on the app. With Australia's ban, all members of the so-called Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network, which consists of Australia, Canada, the United States, Britain, and New Zealand, have banned the app from government devices.


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