Texas BANS TIKTOK From Government Devices, JOINING Several Other States

… Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 7 ordered all state agencies

… ban video sharing app TikTok on all government-issued devices

… joining several Republican-led states in doing the same

… growing threat of “the Chinese Communist Party gaining access to critical U.S. information and infrastructure.”

… “TikTok harvests vast amounts of data from its users’ devices—including when, where, and how they conduct Internet activity

… offers this trove of potentially sensitive information to the Chinese government,”

… the company admitted in a letter to Congress that China-based employees can have access to U.S. data 

… “under China’s 2017 National Intelligence Law, all businesses are required to assist China in intelligence work”

… including data sharing

… has already censored topics politically sensitive to the Chinese Communist Party, including the Tiananmen Square protests

… Per the ban, state officers and employees are immediately barred from downloading or using TikTok on any government-issued devices

… This includes “cell phones, laptops, tablets, desktop computers, and other devices capable of Internet connectivity.”

… With regard to personal devices, Abbott ordered … by Jan. 15, 2023

… a model plan to address “vulnerabilities presented by the use of TikTok on personal devices.”

… The governor also stipulated that each state agency will have until Feb. 15, 2023, to implement its own policy over the use of TikTok on personal devices

South DakotaSouth Carolina, and Maryland did so in recent weeks

… Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines … parents should also be concerned about their children using the app

… “tracks cell phone users’ data, including user location data, and users’ keystrokes, even when not even using the app,” … “even blackmail or pressure them based on this information,”