Recently, TikTok was banned in Canada due to alleged security concerns. The Canadian government prohibited the use of the Chinese app on all government-issued smartphones and electronic devices. Similarly, Belgium has also banned TikTok on all government devices temporarily. The ban is in place due to concerns over cybersecurity, privacy, and misinformation.
The prime minister of Belgium announced on February 10th, 2023, that TikTok will stay banned on all government-issued devices for at least six months. TikTok expressed its disappointment in the ban, claiming that it is based on misinformation about the . ByteDance, the that owns TikTok, moved its headquarters from China to Singapore in 2020 to distance itself from its Chinese roots.
The European Union’s three main institutions and the defense ministry of Denmark have also asked all government employees to remove TikTok from their official phones due to similar concerns. According to De Croo, the state security service and cybersecurity center warned that the app could collect user data and be compelled to perform spying for Beijing.
TikTok refuted these claims and stated that its user data is stored in the U.S. and Singapore. It also spoke about measures to ease European concerns by storing user data in European data centers.
The debate continues on whether TikTok is truly a security threat or simply paying the price for its popularity.
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