(TargetLiberty.org) – Federal workers enjoy many benefits, and for some those include government-provided phones, tablets and computers. However, what they put on these devices is not strictly up to them.
Two Republican senators have introduced a bill that would ban federal employees from having the TikTok app installed on work phones issued by the government.
Sens. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the No TikTok on Government Devices Act on Thursday because there’s concern that the Chinese-owned app could pose a national security risk.
NEW — Today Sen. Josh Hawley @SenRickScott are introducing legislation that will ban ALL federal employees from using TikTok on ALL government devices.
"TikTok is a major security risk to the United States, and it has no place on government devices." https://t.co/x2Fl3U65c2
— Senator Hawley Press Office (@SenHawleyPress) March 12, 2020
Hawley points out that ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok “is required by law to share user data with Beijing.”
Last week, the House passed a similar bill introduced by Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA). The State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Transportation Security Administration all prohibit the app from being used on government phones as well.
TikTok has denied ties to the Chinese government. However, representatives from the company also decided not to testify before the Senate Judiciary crime and terrorism subcommittee last week. That in itself is quite telling.
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