BRUSSELS: The European Fee has banned TikTok on official units utilized by employees amid considerations over knowledge safety, a spokesperson informed AFP on Thursday.
The ban additionally means European Fee employees can’t use the Chinese language-owned video-sharing app on private units together with telephones which have official apps put in, the spokesperson mentioned, confirming a report by information web site Euractiv.
Workers should take away the app as quickly as attainable and will accomplish that by March 15.
TikTok, whose dad or mum firm ByteDance is Chinese language, has confronted growing Western scrutiny in latest months over fears about how a lot entry Beijing has to consumer knowledge.
The US final 12 months banned the app from federal authorities units, and a few US lawmakers try to ban TikTok from working in the USA.
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Final month, the Dutch authorities reportedly suggested public officers to keep away from the app over related considerations.
In November, TikTok admitted some employees in China can entry the information of European customers.
TikTok chief government Shou Zi Chew was in Brussels final month for talks with EU officers throughout which they warned TikTok to make sure the security of European customers’ knowledge.
He insisted the corporate was engaged on a “sturdy” system for processing Europeans’ knowledge in Europe, an EU spokesman mentioned on the time.
TikTok has additionally promised to carry US customers’ knowledge in the USA to allay Washington’s considerations.