In the statement made by the parliament, it was reminded that the government banned the use of TikTok on electronic devices used by all public employees on March 16.
In the statement, it was emphasized that cyber security is one of the priorities of the parliament:
“After the government’s decision to ban TikTok from use on public devices, both the House of Commons and the House of Lords committees decided to block TikTok from all parliamentary devices and parliamentary networks.”
Scottish Regional Government Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney also said the app would be banned on devices used by the government.
Swinney stated that the decision was taken in line with the decision announced by the UK government on 16 March.
Banned in EU and USA
TikTok faces severe restrictions due to security and privacy concerns, fears that user information can be accessed and used to spread pro-Chinese views.
While the European Union Commission and the European Parliament banned TikTok due to security concerns, many government institutions in the USA, including the White House, Ministry of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, banned TikTok without waiting for the vote in Congress in December 2022.
The US House of Representatives also banned the download and use of the TikTok application on official devices used by its members and employees on December 28, 2022.
In the UK, it was announced that TikTok will be banned on devices belonging to all public employees with the decision taken on March 16.