The European Commission prohibits the use of TikTok on your electronic devices | Technology | The USA Print

A mobile with the Tik Tok application.
A mobile with the Tik Tok application.

The European Commission follows in the footsteps of the United States, which in January banned the use of TikTok by its employees. “To protect the Commission’s data and its cybersecurity, the Commission’s corporate board of directors has decided to suspend the use of the TikTok application on its electronic devices and personal devices enrolled in the Commission’s mobile device service (for example, if you use Commission applications) ”, says the email that the employees of the European Executive received this Thursday. “The measure is necessary due to data protection problems related to the application,” adds the text that EL PAÍS has been able to see and has been advanced by Euractiv.

This Thursday the employees of the European Commission have received an email warning them that they have until March 15 to uninstall the Chinese application TikTok. If they have not, the devices “will be considered unsuitable for the corporate environment.” The consequence will be that European officials will not be able to access email, Skype for Business or other similar digital tools. The information has been confirmed at noon by the spokespersons of the Community Executive with a statement that replicates the arguments that have been given to the workers: “This measure is intended to protect the Commission against cybersecurity threats and actions that can be exploited for cyberattacks against the Commission’s corporate environment. The security evolution of other social media platforms will also be constantly reviewed.”

The initiative is modeled on the one already adopted by the United States Congress at the beginning of the year and shows the suspicions that technological applications and products from China arouse among Western authorities. They fear that the Asian giant will use them as espionage tools. Already in 2020, the then president of the United States, Donald Trump, wanted to ban it in the country. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he recommended not downloading unless those who did wanted their private information “to end up in the hands of the Communist Party of China.”

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“The European Commission is an institution and has, as you know, a very strong commitment to cybersecurity, and of course, to everyone who is working here at the Commission”, explained the Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton. , when asked about this matter. However, he has avoided openly confirming the measure until, finally, the official statement has arrived.

TikTok, for its part, considers that the decision is “wrong and based on basic misconceptions.” “We have contacted the Commission to clarify the issue and explain how we protect the data of the 125 million EU citizens who use TikTok every month,” company sources assure this newspaper.

The social network owned by the Chinese technology giant ByteDance is one of the most popular at the moment, especially among young people, who prefer it to Google for searching. Its irruption and popularity has caused other already established social networks, such as Instagram, to release features that are similar to TikTok’s proposal: short videos selected by the algorithm.

TikTok’s numbers give you an idea of ​​its influence. It has 1 billion users and was one of the most downloaded apps in the world in 2022. It had more visits than Google and managed to retain users longer than YouTube.

However, the integrity of the social network has been questioned on several occasions. In December, for example, he acknowledged that he was spying on journalists from Forbes that they were working on an investigation about the platform. TikTok, like other social networks, is being investigated in the US for the effects it causes on the mental health of young people.

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