Sydney, Australia, March 17 (EFE).- New Zealand’s parliament is to ban the use of Chinese video-sharing app TikTok from all parliamentary devices from Mar. 31 amid security concerns, an official told EFE Friday.
“On advice from our cyber security experts, Parliamentary Service has informed members and staff the app TikTok will be removed from all devices with access to the parliamentary network,” Parliamentary Service Chief Executive Rafael Gonzalez-Montero said in a statement.
The legislative authorities will only make special exceptions “for those who require the app to perform their democratic duties.”
The decision was based on analysis by experts and those in government both nationally and internationally.
“Based on this information the (Parliamentary) Service has determined that the risks are not acceptable in the current New Zealand Parliamentary environment,” Gonzalez-Montero said.
The initiative comes a day after the United Kingdom announced that it will ban TikTok on official government devices for security reasons, in line with similar measures adopted by the White House, the government of Canada, the European Commission and the European Parliament, among other institutions.
TikTok has denied that it provides user data to the Chinese government. EFE